The mother of a Texas teenager, derided over a claim of “affluenza” as a defense for his deadly drunken-driving crash, arrived in the United States on Thursday after deportation from Mexico while her son won a delay in his extradition, officials said.
Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, were captured in the Mexican Pacific Coast city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday. They fled there after officials in Tarrant County, Texas, began an investigation into whether Ethan violated the probation deal that kept him out of prison after he killed four people with his pickup truck in 2013.
Tonya Couch, who was wanted on a charge of hindering apprehension, was flown out of Mexico and landed in Los Angeles early Thursday en route to Texas. She could be seen in video coverage being led through the airport in handcuffs.
Bond has been set at $1 million for the mother, who may not arrive in Tarrant County until Friday, local TV broadcaster WFAA cited county prosecutors as saying. Local officials have not released a time for her expected arrival.
If convicted of the hindering charge, Tonya Couch could face two to 10 years in prison, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said.
It was unclear when Ethan Couch would be returned to the United States. He has been transferred from Puerto Vallarta to a detention facility in Mexico City, Mexican immigration officials said.
The Couches had filed an injunction to delay their extradition and a judge in Mexico would have up to 72 hours to consider…