'Affluenza' teen's mother returned to Texas to face charge in son's escape

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defence after killing four people in a drunken crash was returned to Texas on Thursday to face a charge of helping her son evade capture.

See Full Article

Tonya Couch, who was deported from Mexico last week, arrived on a flight from Los Angeles and was taken to Tarrant County jail in handcuffs and leg irons. She is expected to be arraigned Friday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. Her bond was set at $1 million.

Authorities believe Couch and her 18-year-old son, Ethan Couch, fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether Ethan Couch had violated his probation in the deadly 2013 drunken-driving wreck. They disappeared shortly after a video surfaced showing what appears to be Ethan Couch at a party where people were drinking.

Ethan Couch is being held at an immigration detention centre in Mexico City after winning a court reprieve that could lead to a weeks- or even months-long legal process in Mexico.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Tonya Couch was "co-operative" and respectful as she was being taken into jail. As for Ethan, he said, "it's not a question of if he's coming back, it's a question of when he's coming back."

"We're not concerned at this point," Anderson told reporters.

Tonya Couch's attorneys released a statement last week saying she has done nothing illegal.

"While the public may not like what she did, may not agree with what she did, or may have strong feelings against what she did, make no mistake -- Tonya did not violate any law of the State of Texas and she is eager to have her day in court," lawyers Stephanie K. Patten and Steve Gordon said.

After the crash, Ethan Couch pleaded guilty in juvenile court to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury and was sentenced to 10 years' probation.

He received only probation after a defence expert argued that Couch had been coddled too much by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called "affluenza." The condition is not recognized as a medical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, and its invocation drew widespread ridicule.

Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant in Dallas contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Porch lights turn on across continent for N.B. teen behind good-deed movement

    Canada News CTV News
    Porch lights have been turning on across North America in honour of a New Brunswick teenager who turned a terminal prognosis into an online movement that inspired acts of kindness around the globe. Rebecca Schofield died of brain cancer in Moncton on Saturday evening at the age of 18. Source
  • Tessa and Scott shown love with doughnut, signs and a big party in Ilderton, Ont.

    Canada News CBC News
    The cheers for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir may be the loudest in the small southwestern Ontario town where the pair learned to skate. Ilderton is proudly showing its support for the figure skating duo with a sold-out viewing party planned for the last skate of the couple's Olympics careers on Monday night, local time. Source
  • Police arrest 5 who killed orangutan in Borneo with air gun

    World News CTV News
    JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Four Indonesian farmers and a 13-year-old boy admitted they stabbed, clubbed and shot a critically endangered orangutan at least 130 times with an air gun to protect their pineapple crop, police said Monday. Source
  • Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal

    World News CTV News
    LONDON -- Oxfam workers suspected of sexual misconduct in Haiti intimidated and threatened a witness as the charity investigated the original claims, according to the organization's report on the internal inquiry. The findings were part of a previously confidential report released by Oxfam on Monday as the charity responds to newspaper stories suggesting it covered up allegations that seven employees used prostitutes on the charity's property while working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake…
  • Rink rescue: RCMP officer helps save Korean boy's life at Olympic hockey game

    Canada News CBC News
    The biggest save of the Canada versus Czech Republic hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang didn't necessarily happen on the ice. B.C. RCMP officer Frank Martineau and his South Korean partner Yon Gyu Min, part of an international security team during the men's preliminary-round game on Saturday, were hailed as heroes after helping to revive a South Korean boy who was choking. Source
  • Kremlin says U.S. indictment on election tampering proves nothing

    World News CBC News
    The Kremlin said Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign did not contain any proof that the Russian state had been involved in such activity. Source
  • Police: Child, 3 adults shot outside Texas restaurant

    World News CTV News
    SAN ANTONIO -- Police say a masked gunman opened fire on a group of people outside a restaurant in San Antonio, wounding a 6-year-old boy and three adults. Police Chief William McManus tells the San Antonio Express-News that two of the adults' injuries are life-threatening. Source
  • 5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, days after more powerful one

    World News CTV News
    MEXICO CITY - The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 has struck the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area. Source
  • Kremlin dismisses U.S. election indictment as lacking evidence

    World News CTV News
    Tourists take pictures of the Kremlin, right, as they visit the Red Square in downtown Moscow, Russia on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP) Source
  • U.S. demand for Canadian softwood lumber expected to remain high

    Canada News CBC News
    Softwood lumber duties aren't dampening the spirits of Canadian lumber producers as strong demand from rising U.S. housing starts and tight supply are expected to keep prices high throughout 2018. The number of U.S. housing starts beat expectations by surpassing 1.33 million in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, with single family starts increasing 7.6 per cent. Source