Tonya Couch, Mother Of Texas 'Affluenza' Teen, Arrives At Tarrant County Jail | KERA News

Tonya Couch, Mother Of Texas 'Affluenza' Teen, Arrives At Tarrant County Jail

Jan 7, 2016

The mother of a fugitive teen who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a drunken crash has arrived at a North Texas jail.

Video footage showed Tonya Couch exiting a vehicle Thursday inside the Tarrant County jail in handcuffs and leg irons, accompanied by Sheriff Dee Anderson.

Couch faces a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. She's expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Tonya Couch arrived by plane at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after an extradition hearing two days earlier in Los Angeles. She was deported last week from Mexico, shortly after she and her son, Ethan Couch, were taken into custody in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

Ethan Couch remains at a holding facility in Mexico City.

Authorities believe she and her son fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether Ethan Couch had violated his probation in the deadly 2013 drunken-driving wreck. 

Couch received only probation after a defense witness argued that Couch had been coddled by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called "affluenza."

Tonya Couch faces a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. Her bond has been set at $1 million.

Photo: Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram