Mom of 'Affluenza' Teen Gets Bond Conditions Relaxed so She Can Look for a Job

Tonya Couch upon her release from Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 12, 2016, to be fitted with an ankle monitor
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Tonya Couch, the mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, is apparently looking for a job and has also gotten the conditions of her bond eased so that she can leave home to go job hunting, WFAA reports.

Tonya Couch attended her first court hearing Monday since being indicted on charges of money laundering and hindering apprehension. The hearing was rescheduled, but Couch, who is currently under house arrest and required to wear a GPS monitor as part of her bond conditions, had those conditions eased to allow her to find a job, her attorney said.


"Curfew regulations now are that she has to stay at home unless she’s looking for a job, or she’s coming to her lawyer's office, she’s reporting to court or to the probation

," her attorney, Don Carter said. "She can’t go where she wants to go, when she wants to go."

Couch got slapped with charges after being accused of helping her son flee to Mexico to avoid jail time. Ethan Couch, who had been sentenced to 10 years' probation after killing four people in a 2013 drunken driving crash at age 16, was suspected of violating his probation after video surfaced showing him at a party with alcohol present late last year.

The case has attracted national attention, with Carter saying that the media attention will make it "very difficult" for his client to continue a normal life.


Read more at WFAA.

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