Mom of ‘affluenza’ teen who killed 4 in DUI crash is back behind bars


David Matthews, New York Daily News

The mother of Ethan Couch, who crashed a car while driving drunk killing four people, is back in jail after failing a drug test, documents show.

Tonya Couch’s son, Ethan Couch, gained infamy when his defense attorneys cited “affluenza,” the idea that his wealth kept him from learning right from wrong, when he was on trial. He was sentenced to five years probation but was jailed for two years after violating that probation. He was released in 2018 but is still on conditional release.

Tonya Couch is still awaiting trial for helping her son flee to Mexico in 2015.

Tonya Couch has been in and out of jail for the last year, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She was arrested numerous times for drug-related offenses and ordered by a judge to abstain from any substances.


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