Idaho mom of missing children arrested in Hawaii on felony charges
An Idaho mother whose children have been missing for months was arrested in Hawaii on a warrant out of Idaho, authorities said Thursday.
The Kaua’i Police Department said Lori Vallow, 47, is charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. She is also charged with arrests and seizures, resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court.
She’s being held on $5 million bail.
Vallow’s two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, have been missing out of Rexburg, Idaho since September, police said.
“Vallow failed to comply with a court order to produce her children before authorities on Jan. 30 in Madison County,”Kaua’i police said. “She has since been charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. She was also charged with arrests and seizures – resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court – willful disobedience of court process or order.”
The Rexburg Police Department requested help from Kaua’i police in December to help find Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, on the island.
In January, Kaua‘i police presented an order to Vallow to produce her children before authorities in Madison County.
Vallow now faces extradition from Hawaii to Idaho, where she will face her criminal charges.
The children were last seen in Idaho and police said there is no indication that they are on Kaua‘i. Daybell has not been arrested.
“First of all, we wish to thank the public for the massive outpouring of concern regarding this case,” said Kaua‘i Police Chief Todd Raybuck. “We also want to thank everyone for their patience while investigators worked diligently to comprehensively gather everything they needed in order to obtain this arrest warrant.”