The mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an “affluenza” defense in a drunken-driving case agreed Tuesday to be sent from California to Texas to face a charge.
Couch was remanded back into custody on no bail until Texas authorities make arrangements to pick her up.
Tonya Couch, 48, was flown to Los Angeles in the middle of the night last week after she and her son, 18-year-old Ethan Couch, were found in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where the teen had been on the lam for an alleged probation violation.
Couch and her son Ethan were arrested in Mexico shortly after disappearing from the Fort Worth area amid concerns over whether or not he may have violated his probation stemming from a deadly crash.
The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch appeared in court today in California after being detained by Mexican authorities. She’s charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon and will be held on a $1 million bond. At the time, many were outraged that a judge sentenced him to probation instead of jail time, slamming his now-notorious “affluenza” defense – that he was too rich and spoiled to understand the consequences of his actions.
He said Monday that Couch was just hours away from being deported when the injunction was granted last week. She is expected to waive extradition at a hearing Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
Tonya Couch was sent back to the United States on December 31, arriving in Los Angeles alongside U.S. Marshals that night.
Tony Couch said she wants to return to Texas as soon as possible to have her day in court, as she insists that she has done nothing wrong.
This Dec. 28, 2015 file photo, released by Mexico’s Jalisco state prosecutor’s office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
If convicted of the hindering charge, she could face two to 10 years in prison.
Her son, Ethan, is being held in an immigration facility in Mexico City. The condition is not recognized as a medical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, and its invocation drew ridicule.
Couch and his mother fled the United States earlier this month after a video surfaced online apparently showing Ethan Couch at a party where beer was being consumed.
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