The mother of two children who have been missing for months was arrested Thursday in Hawaii on a $5 million warrant from Idaho.
Lori Vallow has been charged with two counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, Kaua’i police said in a statement Thursday. Police said Vallow failed to comply with a court order to produce her children to authorities by Jan. 30.
There is no indication that Vallow’s children were on the island of Kaua’i, police said in the statement. Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, was not in custody, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
The search for Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua Vallow, 7, began in November when Idaho police tried to conduct a welfare check on Joshua, who is adopted and has special needs, according to the Rexburg, Idaho, Police Department.
According to Rexburg police, Vallow and Daybell said Joshua was staying with a family friend in Arizona, but investigators later learned that was a lie. A witness also told police that Vallow had falsely said Tylee was dead.
Annie Cushing, Tylee’s aunt, told NBC affiliate KSL of Salt Lake City that she is concerned for the safety of the children, because she believes Vallow is “unhinged.”
Tylee’s father, Joseph Ryan, who is Cushing’s brother, was Vallow’s third husband. He died, apparently of a heart attack, in 2018.
Rexburg police said they have learned that Vallow either knows where Joshua and Tylee are or knows what happened to them.
Police have also said they believe the children’s disappearance could be tied to an investigation into the death of Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, 49. She was found dead in her home in October, and Chad Daybell married Vallow weeks later.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Doha Madani