Idaho mother of 2 missing kids opts not to fight extradition from Kauai

Idaho mother of 2 missing kids opts not to fight extradition from Kauai

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lori Vallow, the Idaho mother in custody on Kauai following the disappearance of her two children, has decided not to fight her extradition.

She made the decision after a judge refused to reduce her $5 million bail at a hearing Wednesday.

Vallow, whose case has generated international headlines, had previously planned to fight extradition.

At the hearing, Vallow appeared before a judge in an orange jailhouse jumpsuit and slippers. Her attorney initially argued that she was not a flight risk and that her bail should be reduced.

A judge shot down that argument, saying the $5 million bail was confirmed.

“Our chapter in this saga has come to an end,” said Kauai County Prosecutor Justin Kollar, after the hearing. He said agents from Idaho will transport her back to the state in the coming weeks.

Last week, Kauai police arrested the 46-year-old on an Idaho warrant.

She is charged with two counts of felony desertion and nonsupport of children along with misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt.

Kollar said Vallow’s recent moves from Arizona and Idaho made her a flight risk.

In court documents, Kollar also noted that Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, had $152,000 in a First Hawaiian Bank account, demonstrating that Vallow “has the means to move across an ocean.”

Vallow — whose two children have been missing since September — missed a January deadline in Idaho to prove her children are alive.

She and Daybell left their home in Rexburg, Idaho in November ― three months after the children were last seen ― and moved to Kauai.

This story will be updated.

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