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Bond reinstated for Tonya Couch, the 'affluenza' mom

Tonya Couch bond not revoked

Tonya Couch remains free after she was accused of violating her bond by possessing alcohol and a firearm. Judge Wayne Salvant decided not to revoke the bond and warned her, "the eyes of Texas are upon you." (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)
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Tonya Couch remains free after she was accused of violating her bond by possessing alcohol and a firearm. Judge Wayne Salvant decided not to revoke the bond and warned her, "the eyes of Texas are upon you." (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)

Bond was reinstated Thursday for Tonya Couch, the mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch.

The bond amount for Tonya Couch, who is accused of helping her son flee to Mexico in 2015 and who was sent back to jail in March after a failed drug test, was set at $10,000 on Thursday , according to court records. Tonya Couch was released from jail on Friday, a Tarrant County Sheriff's Department official said.

Couch, 51, had been free on bond before her March arrest while awaiting trial. It was not made public what substance she tested positive for, but conditions of her bond prohibit her from using or possessing any controlled substances, marijuana or alcohol.

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Tonya Couch arrives for a hearing before Judge Wayne Salvant in Criminal District Court No. 2 over her alleged bond violations, Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Couch is awaiting trial on charges of money laundering and hindering the apprehension of a felon. She is accused of withdrawing $30,000 from a bank account and hiding with her son in Mexico after he missed a probation appointment in 2015.

They were both arrested a few weeks later in the Mexican resort town of Cancun and returned to Texas.

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Ethan Couch is brought into Judge Wayne Salvant's court for Couch's adult court hearing at Tim Curry Justice Center in Fort Worth, TX, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (Pool Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

Four people died and several others were injured in a 2013 drunken driving wreck caused by Ethan Couch, now 20, in southern Tarrant County. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation in the case but had been jailed for violating the conditions of his probation.

He garnered national attention after a witness at his trial said he suffered from “affluenza,” meaning that his affluent upbringing and dysfunctional parents kept him from learning right from wrong.

Ethan Couch was released from jail in April after completing his two-year sentence for violating the terms of his probation.

This is the third time that Tonya Couch has come before a Tarrant County judge concerning issues with her bond, according to court records.

According to the Tarrant County district attorney's office, Judge Wayne Salvant has issued a gag order in this case.

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.



Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3



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