‘DOOMSDAY cult’ mom Lori Vallow smiled and laughed as she faced court in Idaho over the disappearance of her children.
Vallow wore bright red lipstick and appeared unfazed in Madison County Courthouse in Rexburg on Friday, where she’s been held since being extradited from Hawaii.
Flanked by her attorneys and wearing a prison-issued jumpsuit, Vallow appeared unemotional as the charges were read to her.
Citing the fact that her children are still missing, the prosecutor alleged Vallow has "misled authorities" and "completely and utterly refused to aid in any attempts to try to find them."
It is also alleged she collected social security payments meant for the children in her own account, and has continued to do while residing in Hawaii after Tylee and JJ went missing.
The judge reduced Vallow's bail from $5 million to $1 million, and ordered that if released on bail Vallow must wear a GPS ankle tracker, surrender her passport and not leave Madison or its nearest counties.
She arrived in Rexburg on a private plane from Boise a day earlier after the Idaho governor allowed officials to use the aircraft to speed up the process.
The FBI on Thursday released several images of Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, seven, appealing to the public for any information on their whereabouts.
Both have been missing since September, with neither Tylee nor JJ – who has Autism – seen or heard from since. Vallow has refused to co-operate with authorities on their possible whereabouts.
She faces charges including felony child desertion and misdemeanor contempt.
The photos released by the FBI show the last known picture of Tylee, taken at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on September 8. In the image, the teen is holding JJ.
The FBI also released a photo of Vallow and JJ taken the same day, and a picture of a silver pick-up truck with Arizona licence plates the family traveled in.
Vallow’s doomsday lover Chad Daybell, 51, arrived in Rexburg days before Vallow's complex extradition from Kauai.
They bolted to Hawaii after Tylee and JJ vanished without a trace but Daybell has not been arrested or charged.
Vallow has appealed for a reduction in her $5 million bond according to court records dated March 4, after previously trying to reduce her bail in Kauai.
She was accused of being in a "cult" by family members after reportedly becoming obsessed with Daybell's writings while they were both still married.
A slew of deaths linked to the couple have also occurred after both of their spouses died in mysterious circumstances.
Charles Vallow, 57, was gunned down by Vallow's late brother, Alex Cox, who said it was self-defense, while Daybell's wife Tammy also died in mysterious circumstances.
Daybell and Vallow then married two weeks after Tammy Daybell's sudden death.
Investigators say Vallow's fifth husband Daybell collected at least $430K on his Tammy's life insurance policy, according to a probable cause affidavit.
There has been no sign of Tylee since the last reported sighting of her in at Yellowstone Park with Lori and her uncle Alex, according to these court records.
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