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Fox Nation host Nancy Grace said she was “shocked” by Lori Vallow’s court appearance last Friday, saying her decision to wear red lipstick and smile was not the right decision, Fox News reports.

What’s going on?

  • Lori Vallow, 46, is accused of child desertion and faces other felony charges. She appeared in court Friday in Rexburg, Idaho, where she received a reduced bail from $5 million to $1 million, as Deseret News’ Annie Knox and KSL-TV’s Garna Mejia reported. She was ordered to wear an ankle monitor at all times.
  • Grace, who has a new series of Fox Nation dropping this week, said she was “shocked” by Vallow’s appearance in the courtroom.
  • Grace said: “In the last hours, the so-called ‘cult mom’ ... just finally agreed to be extradited from Hawaii back to Rexburg, Idaho. She was just in court on that extradition and she didn’t just show up — she showed up in style with makeup, blue toenail polish and pink handcuffs. And she took the time to curl her hair in cascades down around her face.”
  • Grace said: “I’m not a fashion (critic), but while the FBI, the police, and the grandparents are ... looking for her children, she has time to put on lipstick?”
  • This could draw instant comparisons to Lori Loughlin, whose first court appearance in the college admissions scandal was met with shock by critics, who were surprised she appeared smiling, happy and cheery with fans, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

More on Lori Vallow

  • Vallow originally fled Idaho in November with her husband, Chad Daybell. Authorities searched for her in Hawaii after she didn’t appear in court in January. She was asked to physically present her children before Idaho welfare workers, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • The entire case surrounding Vallow and Daybell is fogged by “suspicious deaths and allegations of cultlike religious beliefs,” according to the Associated Press.
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