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Lori Vallow back in Idaho as she faces charges connected to missing children

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 00:21:45-05

Lori Vallow arrived in Idaho Thursday and has been booked into Madison County Madison County Jail as she faces charges connected to the disappearances of her two children.

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Vallow has been charged with multiple felonies, including two counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, in addition to contempt of court and obstruction.

Though Tylee and JJ have not been seen since September, they were not reported missing until November, when police conducted a welfare check on JJ. At the time, Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, told police that JJ was staying with a family friend in Arizona. By the time police had returned the next day after not finding JJ at the friend's home, Daybell and Vallow had left for Hawaii.

Vallow, under investigation by the Rexburg Police Department, was arrested by the Kaua'i Police Department on a warrant issued out of Idaho.

Court filings show Vallow hired three lawyers out of Boise, Idaho. Vallow's lawyers are expected to ask for a bond reduction on Friday.

The maximum sentence on each count of desertion of a child under Idaho law is 14 years in prison, according to Madison County prosecuting attorney Rob Wood.

Vallow is currently being held on $5 million bail.