Mother of ‘affluenza’ teen returned to Texas

Tonya Couch
ADDS IDENTITY OF WOMAN IN FOREGROUND - Tonya Couch, left, attends an extradition hearing, as one of her attorneys, Sonia Perez-Chaisson, is seen in the foreground, at Los Angeles Superior Court, in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Couch, mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving case, waived extradition and will be sent to Texas to face a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities say the mother of a fugitive teen who used an “affluenza” defense after killing four people in a drunken crash has been returned to Texas to face charges.

Tonya Couch arrived by plane at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Thursday after an extradition hearing two days earlier in Los Angeles.

She was deported last week from Mexico, shortly after she and her son, Ethan Couch, were taken into custody in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

Tonya Couch faces a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. Her bond has been set at $1 million.

Authorities believe she and her son fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether Ethan Couch had violated his probation in the deadly 2013 drunken-driving wreck. Couch received only probation after a defense witness argued that Couch had been coddled too much by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called “affluenza.”

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