A glitch in the Madison County Sheriff’s Office new software program sent out a false alert that Lori Vallow-Daybell had been released from custody.
Vallow-Daybell is a suspect in a case involving her children, the late Tylee Ryan, 17; and J.J. Vallow, 7, who went missing in September. Their remains were found on property belonging to her new husband, Chad Daybell, last week
Madison County Sheriff’s office Communication Officer Isaac Payne reported the office was switching inmates’ information from an old program to a newer one when it sent out the notice of Vallow-Daybell’s release.
“That was attached to the VINELink System that sends out alerts,” he said.
The system sends out notices of an inmate’s release via phone or email notifying victims and others involved in the case about a suspect’s release from jail.
Payne said the sheriff’s office has been working on installing the new system for the past week.
“(Vallow-Daybell’s) name got moved over. That’s why the alert went out,” he said.
Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, the national media besieged Payne with questions about Vallow-Daybell’s supposed exit from jail.
“There have been so many calls. You name it — everybody called,” Payne said. “It was more confusing than anything. It was very anticlimactic – ‘No it is not true.’”
Payne says that there haven’t been any issues with Vallow-Daybell since she was brought to the Madison County Jail in March. She is being held on a $1 million bond and is facing two felonies of Desertion and Nonsupport of Dependent Children under 18 years of age, and three misdemeanor counts of Arrests & Seizures-Resisting or Obstructing Officers, Criminal Solicitation to Commit a Crime and Contempt of Court-Criminal-Willful disobedience of court process or order.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested her new husband, Chad Daybell last week. He is charged with concealing evidence on his Salem property. Chad is being held on a $1 million bond at the Fremont County Jail.
Vallow-Daybell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at the Madison County Courthouse July 9 and July 10. Her husband will go before a judge for his preliminary hearing in Fremont County in August.