While the bail for Lori Vallow, the Idaho mother of two missing children, was lowered Friday, she’s reportedly having trouble finding any bondsman to help her actually get out of jail.
Vallow’s children — Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, 7 — have been missing since September. The mother has been charged with two counts of felony child abandonment, misdemeanor resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime and contempt of court after she failed to present the children to authorities, who ordered her to prove they were safe in January.
Vallow, also known as Lori Vallow Daybell, was arrested in Hawaii on the island of Kauai, where she had abruptly moved with her husband Chad Daybell, and extradited to Idaho, where she was initially held on $5 million bond. The bond was lowered to $1 million on Friday, a spokesperson for the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office told Oxygen.com. If Vallow is able to make bail, she will be required to wear an ankle monitor and must stay within a certain radius.
Vallow reportedly smiled in court as her bond was reduced. However, she may feel less pleased after apparently having no luck finding a local bail bondsman to assist her.
“We have the paperwork ready, but so far, nothing has happened. We have done our due diligence as far as getting an ankle monitor, and we are ready if she does find a bondsman,” Madison County Sheriff Sgt. Isaac Payne told EastIdahoNews.com. He declined to comment to Oxygen.com.
A spokesperson for the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to Oxygen.com that Vallow has not made bail as of Tuesday morning.
Two local bond companies have told EastIdahoNews.com they were contacted by Vallow’s defense but that they have declined to work with her. The Idaho outlet noted that the bail bonds companies would be responsible if Vallow failed to show up to court.
L. Dominic Sanone, president of Dewey’s Bail Bonds Inc. in the Salt Lake Valley, and who is not associated with Vallow’s case, told Fox13 that many bail bonds businesses may not have enough insurance to cover a $1 million bond. He added that they often have to make sure that the defendant can pay the bail fee and offer up collateral.
He also said this may just be a risky case.
“I would take a very hard look at everything involved in that case, just due to the circumstances,” Sanone told Fox13. “You got a dead husband, a dead wife, and then two missing children. It stinks to high heaven, so to speak.”
In addition to the missing children at the heart of this case are two mysterious deaths. Vallow’s former husband Charles Vallow was shot to death by her brother, Alex Cox, over the summer. Cox claimed the shooting was in self-defense, but he himself died in December. No official charges were ever filed.
Two weeks before Vallow married her new husband, religious author Chad Daybell, in October, Daybell’s wife Tammy died. While initially it was believed that she had died of natural causes, her death is being looked at again as possibly suspicious.
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