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Cult Mom Lori Vallow Seeks Bond Reduction For The Charges That Pre-Dated The Discovery Of Her Children's Bodies

Lori Vallow’s attorney is requesting her $1 million bond in Madison County, Idaho, be lowered now that the two felony charges she'd been facing were dropped earlier this month. Vallow also faces charges in Fremont County. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Lori Vallow Faces New Charges After Children's Bodies Found

Doomsday cult mom Lori Vallow is hoping to lower her bond amount in one of the counties where she is facing multiple charges.

Vallow’s attorney Mark Means filed a motion Tuesday afternoon requesting Vallow’s $1 million bond in Madison County be lowered now that the two felony charges she had been facing were dropped earlier this month, according to court records.

Vallow had been charged in Madison County with felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of children connected to the disappearance of her children Tylee Ryan and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, but those charges were dropped on July 2 after the children’s bodies were discovered the previous month on her husband Chad Daybell’s property.

She still is facing misdemeanor charges of resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court in that county, according the East Idaho News.

Vallow is also facing felony charges in Fremont County of conspiracy to destroy, alter or conceal evidence in connection with the discovery of the bodies. Her bond has also been set at $1 million in that case.

Means has asked that a judge reduce her bond in Madison County in light of the amended charges.

“Defendant asserts felony charges regarding previous bond setting were dismissed and as such Bond should be reset to reflect current charges evident in the newly filed Amended Criminal Complaint,” he said in the motion obtained by Oxygen.com. “Defendant requests this Court to review applicable criteria under Criminal Statute and Criminal Rule as it pertains to bond reduction.”

Means also entered a not guilty plea for his client for the three remaining misdemeanor charges in Madison County and requested a jury trial.

A pre-trial conference for the Madison County case was set for Friday.

Her preliminary hearing on the charges against her in Fremont County has been slated for August.

Vallow has been behind bars since February after she failed to produce her missing children by a deadline given by authorities.

Investigators discovered the remains of both children on Daybell’s property last month, signaling a heartbreaking end to the months-long search for the children, who both disappeared in September.

Tylee’s body had been dismembered and burned on the property, while JJ’s remains were wrapped in plastic and bound by duct tape, according to an affidavit of probable cause released in the case.

After investigators made the gruesome discovery, Daybell was also arrested in Fremont County and charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence and two counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.

Vallow and Daybell are also currently under investigation by the Idaho Attorney General’s office for the death of Daybell’s wife Tammy, who died in October at the age of 49 under what investigators now believe were suspicious circumstances.

Vallow’s fourth husband Charles Vallow also died in July 2019 after he was shot to death by her brother, Alex Cox. Cox, who died in December, claimed that the shooting was in self-defense.