Judge denies bail reduction for mother of missing Idaho children

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REXBURG, IDAHO (ABC4 News) –  A judge denied a request to reduce bail for the mother of two missing Idaho children Friday afternoon.

Lori Vallow Daybell was back in a courtroom for the first time in nearly two months. Her attorney was seeking a reduction in her bond on a charge of Child Desertion.

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Daybell’s 17-year-old daughter Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old son Joshua “J.J. Vallow haven’t been seen or heard from since September. 

She was arrested in Hawaii on February 20th and extradited back to Idaho on March 5th. The following a day a judge reduced her bail from $5 million to $1 million but she couldn’t post that amount.

On Friday her defense attorney Mark Means asked Magistrate Judge Michelle Mallard to reduce Daybell’s bond even more.

“Looking at my client…not a rich woman,” Means said. “Taken into consideration and setting a bond that is reasonable and something that she could meet and at the same time keep enough skin in the game where the court feels comfortable in allowing her to put this bond down and be released to her husband so she can help me prepare her defense.”

After two hours of back and forth between Means and prosecutor Rob Wood, Judge Mallard said no to the request for bond reduction so Daybell will remain in the Madison County Jail for the forseeable future. 

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