Mom of missing kids waives extradition; bail stays at $5M

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Lori Vallow appears in court in Lihue, Hawaii on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. A judge ruled that bail will remain at $5 million for Vallow, also known as Lori Daybell, who was arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children. Vallow requested a hearing so the judge would consider a reduced bail. After the judge denied the request, her defense attorney, Craig De Costa, left, said she is waiving an extradition hearing, which had been scheduled for March 2. Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar said he will work with Idaho authorities on logistics for her departure. (Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island via AP, Pool)

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – We are learning more about Lori (Vallow) Daybell and the disappearance of her two children J.J. and Tylee.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, shackled and wearing rubber shoes, Lori Daybell made a second court appearance in Kauai this week.

Defense lawyers making one last plea to lower Daybell’s bail because they say she didn’t escape to Hawaii.

“No charges were pending in Idaho at the time that they moved. It was a previously planned move and it is something that makes sense because of all the states that Mrs. Daybell has lived in, over the past six years her longest residency has actually been on Kauai,” said her attorney.

The judge ordered to keep Daybell’s bail at $5 million. Soon after, Daybell voluntarily signed a waiver to be extradited to Idaho.

Her lawyer said in court, “Now Idaho has authority correct?” The judge replied, “That is correct.”

Meanwhile, Brandon Boudreaux, the ex-husband of Lori’s Niece Melani claims in court documents his ex-wife knows where the kids are and say she is involved in a cult. 

But in another twist to the story, we are hearing from Melani’s lawyers stating she:
“…strenuously denies the innuendoes and allegations that she knows the whereabouts of the missing Vallow kids and that she has been involved in any wrongdoing.”

Her lawyer Robert Jarvis goes on to state, “Melani has never been associated with a cult.” 

This happening all while Lori’s husband Chad Daybell takes questions about JJ and Tylee who haven’t been seen or heard from since they vanished last September.

ABC News Marcus Moore asks, “Are the kids ok?” Chad Daybell replies, “I just can’t comment. I just can’t comment.”

Moore continues to ask, “Is there anything that you would like to say to people at all, who are number one, concerned about the kids, or concerned about you and your wife? Anything at all you want to say to them?” 

And Chad Daybell responds, “Just grateful for any support. We just have to wait for the legal process to work through.”

A judge set a status update on March 4th at 9 a.m. for Lori Daybell’s extradition. That could be bumped up depending on when Idaho officials show up to get her. 

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