Tonya Couch, Mom of ‘Affluenza’ Teen, Is Released From Jail

Tonya Couch, who helped her son Ethan Couch flee to Mexico, posted bond after a judge lowered it from $1 million to $75,000.

Tonya Couch
Tonya Couch Tarrant County, Texas, Police Department

The mother of infamous “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch was released from jail Tuesday after posting her bond, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office in Texas said, according to CNN.

According to the network, during a Monday bond hearing, Tarrant County Judge Wayne Salvant lowered her bond from $1 million to $75,000 while issuing several conditions, including the wearing of an electronic ankle monitor, as part of the agreement. 

Tonya Couch has been charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon for helping her son flee the country to avoid a probation hearing that could have meant jail time for the 18-year-old.

Other conditions to her bond agreement include reporting to authorities on a weekly basis, living in Tarrant County with her 29-year-old son and his family, and abstaining from controlled substances or alcohol. 

On Friday another judge, Tarrant County Magistrate Judge Matt King, ordered the mother to undergo a mental-health exam because the court found “reasonable cause” to think that she suffers from “a mental illness or is a person with a mental retardation,” CNN notes. 

Meanwhile, Ethan Couch is still in Mexico as attorneys fight his deportation. CNN notes that a Mexican judge gave the teen a temporary stay, effectively putting a pause in deportation proceedings.

Before Ethan Couch fled to Mexico, he was about two years into a 10-year probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving accident in 2013, when he was 16. 

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