Mother of 'affluenza' teen arrives back in the US from Mexico

LOS ANGELES –  The mother of fugitive Texas teen Ethan Couch, known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident, was charged Thursday in her son's escape to Mexico.

Tonya Couch was charged with hindering apprehension of a fugitive, which carries a possible sentence of 2-10 years in prison, Tarrant County Spokesperson Samantha Jordan told Fox News. Tonya Couch's bond was set at $1 million.

Tonya Couch arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Mexico in the custody of U.S. Marshals and was taken in handcuffs through the terminal to an unmarked car early Thursday morning. She was wearing street clothes and looked away from cameras as she walked with about five marshals and local police officers.

It was unclear why she was brought to Los Angeles instead of Texas, where she and her son live and where he was on probation for the 2013 drunken-driving crash.


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