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Mother of “affluenza teen,” Tonya Couch, released on bond

‘Affluenza’ mom Tonya Couch released from jail

Tonya Couch went home Tuesday after posting bond and receiving an electronic ankle monitor. She'll be on 24-hour home confinement as she faces a felony hindering apprehension charge. (Ryan Osborne/Star-Telegram)
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Tonya Couch went home Tuesday after posting bond and receiving an electronic ankle monitor. She'll be on 24-hour home confinement as she faces a felony hindering apprehension charge. (Ryan Osborne/Star-Telegram)

Tonya Couch, mother of “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch, was released from the Tarrant County jail on Thursday.

Couch, 51, was denied bond in August after violating the terms of her release from jail by using methamphetamine, according to court documents. She was rearrested in June on that charge after making bond in May for an arrest in March when she tested positive for another substance.

Couch, whose teen son caused a drunken driving crash that killed four people and injured several others in 2013, is scheduled for trial in November on money laundering and hindering apprehension of a felon charges, court documents show.

Couch is accused of helping her son, Ethan Couch, flee to Mexico in 2015 and money laundering because she allegedly withdrew $30,000 from a bank account and hid 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 of Puerto Vallarta, and returned to Texas.

Ethan Couch’s trial 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. Tonya Couch has come before a Tarrant County judge concerning issues with her bond on several occasions, according to court records.

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

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
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