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Mother of missing kids waives extradition from Kauai to Idaho after judge denies bail reduction

                                This combination photo of undated file photos, released by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, show missing children Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17.
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This combination photo of undated file photos, released by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, show missing children Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17.

The 46-year-old mother of two missing children will be extradited to Idaho from Kauai.

Lori Vallow, aka Lori Daybell, agreed Wednesday not to fight extradition after a Kauai Circuit judge denied her request for bail reduction.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe reconfirmed bail at $5 million for Vallow, who fled Idaho and had been living in Princeville with her husband, Chad Daybell, since Dec. 1.

The two children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, have been missing since September.

Investigators are considering searching Yellowstone National Park, where Ryan was last seen, sources close to the investigation told CBS News.

The last known photo of Ryan was taken Sept. 8 during a day trip to Yellowstone National Park with Vallow, her brother Alex Cox, and JJ Vallow. JJ’s image was captured Sept. 17 in a doorbell video in Rexburg, Idaho.

The Madision County, Idaho, prosecutor is extraditing Lori Vallow to face charges on two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children under age 18, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, resisting arrest and criminal contempt of court.

Two deputy sheriffs from Idaho are prepared to escort her back to Idaho as early as next week.

Vallow, wearing an orange jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the hearing, and smiled after a brief discussion with her attorney after the hearing. She narrowed her eyes and stared directly into a camera in the courtroom.

On Tuesday, Daybell visited Vallow, who is being held at the Kauai Community Correctional Center, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety said.

A Monday extradition hearing was canceled, but the judge set a March 4 status hearing.

Her Kauai attorney, Craig De Costa, argued she is not a flight risk, and has been in touch with law enforcement through him.

Her move to Hawaii was previously planned, he said. “Of all the states she’s lived in, her longest residency has been in Hawaii,” he said.

Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar said the couple fled Idaho Nov. 26, the day law enforcement paid them a visit at their home, and were in Hawaii within a week.

Vallow has a history of disappearing and defying court orders when it comes to her children, according to one of her former husbands, Joseph Ryan, the father of Tylee, Kollar said.

De Costa said he has never seen a Class B felony where bail was set at over $1 million, to which Kollar replied that none of them has seen such a case in their careers.

The death of Vallow’s estranged husband, Charles Vallow, and brother and Daybell’s wife, Tammy, have come under scrutiny by law enforcement in Arizona, Idaho and Utah.

Also, the Oct. 2 attempted murder of Vallow’s niece’s ex-husband in Arizona allegedly involved Vallow’s dead husband’s vehicle, which Tylee Ryan had regularly used before her disappearance a month earlier, Rexburg, Idaho, police said in an affidavit.

Before he was shot to death, Charles Vallow said in divorce documents Lori Vallow believed she was assigned to carry out work during the second coming of Christ in July. Daybell authored apocalyptic novels based loosely on the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Daybell has been a person of interest in the Oct. 19 death of his wife, Tammy, whose remains have been exhumed from her Fremont County, Idaho, grave. He married Vallow Nov. 5 on Kauai.

Daybell received more than $430,000 in life insurance proceeds, and has not been arrested.

Kauai police said he is free to come and go as he pleases since there is no court order to hold him.

Daybell, as recently as Jan. 12, had $152,057.31 in a First Hawaiian Bank account, Kollar said in a court document filed Tuesday, arguing Vallow is a flight risk since she has money at her disposal and an expired U.S. passport.

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