Idaho Mom Lori Vallow Remains Jailed, as Bond Companies Reportedly Refuse to Work with Her

The charges were filed in Madison County after Vallow defied a court order to produce the two children by Jan. 30 to police or child welfare officials.

If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, according to the prosecutor’s office. Prosecutor Rob Wood said on Friday that cumulatively, Vallow could face 30 years in prison.

Police in Rexburg have documented several misleading statements about the children from Lori and her husband, an author who writes about religious doomsday prophecies, and said they “strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee’s lives are in danger.”

Chaffin said his Rexburg business had not been asked to cover the bond for Vallow’s release. But two other bond companies who say they were approached by her representatives told East Idaho News that the businesses declined to work with her.

A bond typically is paid to guarantee that a defendant who is released from custody will return for future scheduled court dates. Idaho state law dictates that a defendant put up 10 percent of the bond amount — in Lori’s case, $100,000 — but that an attorney can apply for a reduction to 8 percent, or $80,000, says Chaffin.

But if the defendant fails to show up later and can’t be located, whoever underwrote the payment to get the defendant released is liable for the full $1 million.

“That’s the person they’re going to need, and that’s a hard person to find,” says Chaffin.

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