Tonya Couch arrived at Tarrant County Jail in North Texas at 2:15 p.m. CST, Jan. 7, 2016. She was flown in from Los Angeles after being apprehended in Mexico last week. According to her attorneys, she has not violated Texas State law and eagerly awaits her trial.
The 38-year-old mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch, 18, who had killed four people and injured several others, claims she has done nothing wrong. Her son had been driving drunk and speeding near Fort Worth, Texas, in June 2013 when he lost control and struck an SUV. Passengers in Couch’s truck also suffered injuries.
During his trial, FOX News reports that his actions were blamed on the fact that he was a victim of affluenza, a term used to describe a person who was never taught right from wrong. The condition is not recognized as a medical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association. He was sentenced to probation.
According to CBS, a video showing a direct violation of Couch’s probation surfaced. After authorities had examined the video further, they determined that Ethan and his mother appear to be celebrating their plan to flee to Mexico. An FBI manhunt ensued. Couch and her son were found in Puerto Vallarta. The teen’s hair had been dyed black to hide his natural blond color. People are outraged that even though evidence points to a blatant disregard for the law, the woman eagerly awaits her trial.
Texas prosecutors have charged the mother with hindering the apprehension of a felon. Her bond was set for $1 million. Her son is resisting coming home. He is still being detained in Mexico.
Attorneys Stephanie K. Patten and Steve Gordon told FOX News, that even though the public may not agree with the mother’s actions, she did not violate any law of the State of Texas and that she eagerly awaits her trial.
By Rowena Portch
Edited by Cathy Milne
CBS News: Tonya Couch Arrives At Tarrant County Jail
FOX News: ‘Affluenza’ Mom Arrives in Texas
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