Mother of missing Idaho children arrested in Hawaii

Will Lori Vallow's arrest lead to finding her children?
2:44 | 02/22/20

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A mother facing a judge as they investigate the disappearance of her children. Lori Vallow was arrested in Hawaii charged in Idaho. Her kids not seen since September. ABC's Marcus Moore is on the island of kauai can more. Marcus, good morning to you. Reporter: This case has so many twists and turns and the woman who police believe has key answers is inside this prison facility behind me facing felony charges in connection with the search for her two missing kids. This morning, 46-year-old Lori Vallow is in a Hawaii jail. She was transported to the kauai police department headquarters and booked into our cell block where she stayed until she got taken to her court appearance. Reporter: The mother of two missing Idaho siblings seen here in a Hawaii courtroom is now being held on $5 million bail and fighting extradition. Vallow's arrest comes five months after her children, 17-year-old tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua "J.J." Vallow were last seen. Authorities say Lori and her husband Chad daybell left one day after police conducted a welfare check looking for the kids. Authorities tracking them down in Hawaii. Can you tell us if J.J. Is safe? Reporter: Where three weeks ago she defied a court order to, quote, physically produce them. Vallow facing multiple charges including two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of a dependent child. Newly released court documents shed light on how they were reported missing. According to police, Vallow said her son was staying with a friend in Arizona. But when authorities contacted that friend, J.J. Wasn't with her, in fact, he hadn't been there for months. The affidavit alleging Vallow even asked her friend to lie to police. Chad daybell seen praying outside the courtroom Friday has written religious books and given speeches about what he describes as two near-death experiences. Daybell and Vallow married in November, just days after daybell's wife died. And four months after Vallow's husband was shot to death by her brother. Police are now investigating daybell's wife's death. This morning, family and friends focusing on the missing siblings worried about their safety. Where is J.J.? Where is tylee? At this point that's our questions. Reporter: It is still a mystery where those kids are this morning and Vallow's defense team argued in court that she is not a flight risk and they implored the judge to reduce her bail. -- Bond. But authorities say her husband recently received more than $400,000 in insurance money this after the death of his former wife and this she's, indeed, a flight risk and the resources to hide from authorities, Dan. Marcus, thank you very much. Really appreciate it.

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