‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch delayed in Mexico, mom charged in Texas

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LOS ANGELES  — Texas prosecutors say the mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense has been charged with hindering apprehension of a felon after fleeing with her son to Mexico.

Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Samantha Jordan said Thursday that Tonya Couch has formally been charged in Texas. Her bond was set at $1 million.

Couch is currently being held in a Los Angeles jail after being deported from Mexico late Wednesday. Jordan said the timing of Couch’s return to Texas is contingent on when Los Angeles County schedules an extradition hearing.

Los Angles prosecutors say that won’t happen until at least next week.

Authorities believe Couch and her 18-year-old son, Ethan, fled to Mexico in November as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation in a fatal 2013 drunken-driving accident.

A call to Tonya Couch’s attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

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