Judge orders ‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow to appear in court for bond reduction hearing

Posted at 9:33 PM, April 30, 2020 and last updated 4:45 PM, July 21, 2023

By: Court TV Staff

An Idaho judge has found that Lori Vallow “must be present in the courtroom with her attorney” for her upcoming bond hearing Friday, amid many public safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Court TV will be live covering the scheduled hearing held in Madison County, Idaho at 4 PM ET.



The judge laid out several rules ahead of the hearing, according to an order governing courtroom conduct. The order stipulates the following:

  • Vallow has a right to be present and must be in the courtroom with her attorney
  • The courtroom is big enough to provide social distancing
  • Everyone inside the courtroom must wear masks that cover their nose and mouth

Vallow, 46, was arrested on felony charges of child abandonment in the disappearance of her two kids, JJ, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. Vallow’s case is a tangled web of mysteries involving doomsday beliefs, mysterious murders, quick engagements, ominous statements and two young kids who have been missing for more than six months.