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Mom of 2 missing Idaho kids wants $5 million bail reduced

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Posted at 8:22 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 22:24:31-05

HONOLULU (AP) — A mother arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children wants a judge to reconsider her $5 million bail.

Another court hearing is scheduled Wednesday on Kauai, where Lori Vallow-Daybell was arrested on an Idaho warrant last week. Seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan have not been seen since September. Vallow-Daybell has been charged with two counts of child desertion and other charges.

She appeared in court Friday, where her attorney asked a judge to lower the $5 million dollar bail to $10,000, explaining that she wasn’t a flight risk. The judge denied that request, but Vallow-Daybell and her attorney are expected to request a reduction of bail again Wednesday.

She is fighting extradition back to Idaho, and her extradition hearing is scheduled for March 2.

Police also have said she and her husband Chad Daybell have lied about the children's whereabouts. Daybell has not been charged or arrested.

Her lawyers say she would have been willing to turn herself in prior to her arrest last week.