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Local attorney explains why Lori Vallow is not behind bars


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The courts and lawyers have been silent since Lori Vallow missed a court-ordered deadline last week.

Since Lori Vallow failed to comply with an order to produce the children in Idaho last week there are more questions than answers. 

One that's on everyone's mind is, why hasn't Lori Vallow been put behind bars.

"It's a difficult spot because we don't know if a crime was being committed. The prosecutor likely doesn't know if a crime has been committed. That's what everyone's trying to investigate," said Jeffery Banks, attorney at law.
legal experts say she has not been charged with any criminal act.

"When she didn't comply with the order to bring the children back then. The prosecutor may or may not have filed a motion for contempt," said Banks.

After a content proceeding, the judge may take action that could lead to jail time.

"If she was brought before the court and told, 'your child needs to be brought here.' and she refuses, that would be a continuing contempt. The court would have some authority to potentially incarcerate her until she complies," said Banks.  

Vallow is still in Hawaii with her husband Chad Daybell, Banks believes it's unlikely that she will be extradited. 

As for her husband, there are still legal risks.

"Well certainly if Chad Daybell is involved in a criminal conspiracy to hide the children, then yes he's got some legal exposure to all of this," said Banks.

Child protection cases are sealed under Idaho law, so it’s not clear if the court has taken any action since Lori Vallow failed to comply with the order to produce the children in Idaho.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joshua J.J. Vallow or his sister Tylee Ryan is asked to call the Rexburg Police Department at 208-359- 3000 or 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST).

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Ariel Schroeder

Ariel is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.



  1. So if I read this correctly… In Idaho if you are white and have some wealth, you can do whatever you want. Your children can go missing and Law enforcement won’t do anything. Imagine what it would be like to be a missing child from Idaho, just knowing that NOTHING will be done to find you. They’ll just ask the parents to help out, if they say no, well then that’s that… children don’t get found and parents get away with murder.

    Way to go Idaho!!! Great example to the rest of the world that you will do literally NOTHING to help children.

    1. Wearewatching
      Sad situation all around.
      Your inability to understand what you have read, use reason and put together coherent thoughts only makes it worse.
      Look up the word factual. Your statements do not contain anything that could be considered factual. I won’t waste time breaking it down for you. You still won’t get it.

  2. Well old school, here we are almost mood February and the children are no closer to being going than they were after September 23rd. So who’s the stupid one?
    You clearly are from Idaho. Idaho clearly couldn’t give a sh*t about missing children.
    Lori is lounging on a beach and meanwhile Idaho is sitting around doing nothing…
    Great job Idaho. Monumental failure to children in desperate need of help.

    Old school, your attempt to insult me is just deflection from the truth in my post.
    Until Lori is no longer laying on a beach getting a suntan and Idaho authorities actual do something (I’d settle for anything at this point) the only fool here is you.

    Idaho, where they don’t do anything to help fine missing children.

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