The mother of two children who have been missing for five months in the US, has decided not to fight extradition from Hawaii to Idaho.
Lori Vallow, 46, was arrested last week and faces multiple charges, including two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of children, according to a criminal complaint filed in an Idaho court.
Vallow chose to waive extradition to "expedite her return there, so she can defend herself against these false accusations," attorney Craig De Costa said at a hearing on Wednesday.
The missing children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, were last seen in September. Vallow and her husband fled Idaho when investigators started looking into their disappearance, police have said.
CNN has obtained video from a doorbell camera apparently showing JJ playing in Rexburg on September 17, 2019. Grandmother Kay Vallow Woodcock confirmed that the blond boy in the video is JJ.
In the video, JJ is seen playing in the yard of his complex. He moves toward a neighbouring door, activating the camera, and then runs across the yard before entering the home rented by his mother.
The video appears to be referenced in Lori Vallow's arrest affidavit, but CNN cannot definitively say it's the same video.
Rexburg police and the Madison County Prosecutor's Office declined to verify the video, saying they cannot comment on any evidence in the case.
Rexburg police conducted a child welfare check in late November, after relatives told them that no one had spoken to JJ in two months. He last attended school September 23, police said.
Vallow repeatedly lied to police and asked others to lie as detectives investigated their disappearances, according to court documents.
It comes as the ex-husband of Vallow's niece told a court in Arizona she knows where Tylee and JJ are.
Brandon Boudreaux is fighting over the custody arrangements for his own children with Melanie Boudreaux.
He told the court said he has "serious concerns for his children's safety if they were placed in the care of (their) mother" because of her "knowledge of the whereabouts of her aunt's two missing children and her unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement in finding those children is daunting to father," NBC news reports.
He also alleges Ms Boudreaux is part of a doomsday cult where "numerous members, adults and children alike, have been being killed off like flies."
The judge on Wednesday instructed the prosecutor to contact Idaho law enforcement to send agents to transport Vallow on March 4.
Vallow continues to be held on US$5 million bail.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/lori-vallow-mother-of-missing-children-jj-tylee-ryan-returned-to-idaho/c5fd25e8-04f3-4e7d-beae-fa4d3499fd6a