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Lori Vallow wants $5 million bail reduced

Lori Vallow
Lori Vallow

HONOLULU (AP) - A mother arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children wants a judge to reconsider her $5 million bail.

A court hearing for her request is scheduled Wednesday on Kauai, where Lori Vallow was arrested last week on an Idaho warrant. She has been charged with two felony counts of child abandonment.

Seven-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan have not been seen since September. Their disappearance captured worldwide attention after authorities pleaded for help in finding them late last year. Police in the city of Rexburg, Idaho, have said they "strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee's lives are in danger."

Bail for the equivalent felonies in Hawaii usually range from $2,000 to $20,000, Vallow's attorney, Craig De Costa said in a court motion seeking a reduction in bail. She isn't a flight risk and had offered to turn herself into authorities before her arrest on Thursday, the motion said.

Daniel Dempey, a lawyer who represented Vallow at Friday's hearing, asked for bail to be lowered to $10,000.

The judge has discretion to set bail, Kauai prosecutor said in a court filing opposing Vallow's request.

Vallow is a flight risk, prosecutors said. "Given the extensive media attention, she is clearly aware that the authorities have prioritized her case," prosecutors said. "She also has the means to move across an ocean."

Prosecutors noted that Vallow's husband, Chad Daybell, had $152,000 in a First Hawaiian Bank account.

Police also have said Vallow and Daybell have lied about the children's whereabouts.

Vallow also is accused of disobeying a court order that required her to bring her children to Idaho authorities last month.

The tangled case includes investigations into three deaths. Vallow's estranged husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed in Phoenix last July by her brother, Alex Cox. Then Cox, who claimed the shooting was in self-defense, died of unknown causes in December.

Vallow moved her family to Idaho in late August. In October, Chad Daybell's wife, Tammy Daybell, died of what her obituary said was natural causes. When Daybell married Vallow roughly two weeks after Tammy's death, law enforcement became suspicious and had her remains exhumed.

Test results on Daybell's remains and toxicology results for Cox have not yet been released.

Vallow reportedly believes she is "a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ's second coming in July 2020," according to divorce documents Charles Vallow filed before his death.

Daybell has written several apocalyptic novels based loosely on theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Both he and Vallow were involved in a group that promotes preparing for the biblical end times.

Rexburg police questioned Daybell and Vallow about the missing children in late November, and when detectives returned the next day for a follow-up interview they discovered the couple had left town.

She faces hearing in Hawaii on March 2 for her extradition to Idaho.

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  1. Well….I’m sure she’ll find a nice, slimy lawyer somewhere who–for money, of course–will paint this creature as a cross between Betty Crocker and Donna Reed.
    I personally would like to see its bail INCREASED. Anybody know who I can write to about that? 😉

    1. “Daniel Dempey, a lawyer who represented Vallow at Friday’s hearing, asked for bail to be lowered to $10,000.”
      My bad! Looks like she rolled over a big enough rock to FIND one, already. 🙁

  2. Personally, I don’t care. However, it does appear to be excessive bail for the crime charged (not the crime everyone here thinks she has done).

    And some here need to understand how the legal system works and the rights of the accused to have legal representation and the requirement for an attorney, representing a client, must give all that is legal for that client. And if that includes showing that a bail is too high for a charged crime, per the local laws and actions of the local court; that is our justice system and knocking or calling an attorney names just shows complete ignorance of the law.

    Even the lowest form of human life like Epstein (one example) is allowed the best defense he can obtain. (One problem with our system is the rich do obtain better lawyers, but no one want their taxes higher to increase money for PD’ers.)

    As for this woman, I have no thoughts about her, could care less if she is guilty or not, and I might be the only person in ID that thinks that way looking at the posts here and on other news sites including national sites.

    But life goes on.

  3. “(One problem with our system is the rich do obtain better lawyers, but no one want their taxes higher to increase money for PD’ers.)”
    On the nose, J. On the NOSE!
    And, BTW….yes, I DO believe her to be guilty of those ‘other’ crimes. However, in this interest, I do NOT feel that should merit a $5mm bail. What I DO think merits it is the proven predisposition to flee justice (1 DAY following lying to Rexburg investigators about her son’s location, for example she heard the ‘call of the pineapple’ and ‘moved’ to Hawaii!). She and her significant other have, apparently. considerable resources available to them which would facilitate her flight (again!) to avoid prosecution. Add to that her supposed ‘delusion’ of being God/A god/a Golden Retriever/whatever, (IMO; a ‘convenient’ delusion) and it would seem MOST unlikely that anybody OTHER than Daniel Dempy would want to see this released to (sprung on?) the general public.

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