Doomsday mom Lori Vallow is set to be hauled before a judge in Hawaii as early as Friday amid a potential extradition battle — as relatives of her missing kids hailed her arrest.
Vallow was nabbed on a warrant in Kauai on Thursday for missing a court-ordered Jan. 30 deadline to produce her two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, who vanished from their Idaho home in September.
Relatives have said they fear that the mom’s ties to a radical Doomsday group pushed by her husband, Chad Daybell, may be related to the kids’ disappearance. The couple wed six weeks after the children disappeared.
Vallow faces charges in Idaho including two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children resisting or obstructing police officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court.
She now must appear in court to either waive her extradition back to that state or announce she plans to fight the move. Authorities told KBOI-TV in Hawaii that they are pushing to have the hearing held Friday.
Meanwhile, family members said Friday they are thrilled that Vallow has finally been arrested in the kids’ disappearance.
“I do feel hopeful,” the children’s aunt, Annie Cushing, a former sister-in-law of Vallow’s, told “CBS This Morning” when asked if this might finally lead to the kids’ whereabouts.
But “I do think it could feel premature to feel confident.”
The kids’ grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, added to KHON-TV, “Our family is elated” at Vallow’s bust.
“We knew it was coming. We just didn’t know when. … There’s still more work to do. We’ll never give up trying to find JJ and Tylee.”
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