‘Affluenza’ Mom Complains About the Conditions of Her Texas Jail Cell

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Tonya Couch, 38 (left, background), the mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Jan. 5, 2016, for an extradition hearing back to Texas to face a felony charge for allegedly helping her 18-year-old son flee the country while he was on probation in a fatal drunken-driving case.
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Tonya Couch, the mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, is reportedly not feeling her jail conditions at all.

According to the Associated Press, Tonya Couch, who was arrested in Mexico after allegedly helping her son flee the country while he was on probation in a fatal drunken-driving case, has complained about the conditions of her Texas jail cell.


"She expressed a slight displeasure about her accommodations, and I told her this was a jail and not a resort," Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said at a news conference, AP reports.

The Couches became infamous in 2013 after Ethan Couch, then 16, killed four people and paralyzed another while driving after a night of drinking with friends. Ethan Couch's attorneys argued that he suffered from "affluenza," a so-called affliction of massive wealth that made it impossible for him to understand limits. The judge sentenced Couch to 10 years' probation.

In October 2015, video of Ethan Couch at a beer bong party surfaced online. If Couch drank during the party, he would have violated his probation. Couch missed a scheduled meeting with his probation officer in November, and when cops went to the address listed as Couch's residence, they quickly found that the teen and his mother had fled.

According to CNN, before Tonya Couch and her son fled the U.S., "she withdrew $30,000 from her account and told her husband he'll not see them again, an arrest affidavit stated."


Tonya Couch and her son were captured in Mexico. Tonya Couch was extradited back to the U.S. and appeared in court Friday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. According to AP, "she did not enter a plea because her attorney was not present for the arraignment."

Ethan Couch remains in Mexico at an immigration detention center in Mexico City fighting deportation. AP notes that Couch has won a delay in deportation and he could prolong his Mexico stay if a judge rules that sending the teen back to the U.S. violates his rights.

Read more at the Associated Press and CNN.

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