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Mother of 'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Takes Out $30,000 from Bank Account and Flees to Mexico With Son

First Posted: Jan 11, 2016 06:00 AM EST
Mother Of Infamous 'Affluenza' Teen Appears In Court For Extradition Hearing In L.A.

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A recent development on the cases of Affluenza teen Ethan Couch and his mother Tonya Couch was reported, saying that Tonya apparently took out $30,000 from her bank account before escaping to Mexico with his son weeks before their arrest.

It has been reported that 48-year-old Tonya pulled a total of $30,000 from a bank account before leaving for Mexico with Ethan, 18, after the Affluenza teen broke his 10-year probation since 2013 for a drunken driving wreck case that killed four people, Fox News Latino reports.

The publication further reports that the details of the withdrawal were released on Friday when a Tarrant County judge set a $1 million bond for Tonya, charging her of hindering apprehension of a felon. Tonya's personal records were tracked on Dec. 3, showing that she indeed had withdrawn the amount and then called her husband Fred Couch, informing him that he will never see the mother-son duo again.

Meanwhile, Ethan, who was arrested while reportedly in disguise dying his hair and beard, remains in custody in Mexico. Furthermore, Ethan recently won a legal delay of his deportation back to Texas, the news agency reports.

Both were reportedly tracked after ordering pizza at a resort condominium in Puerto Vallarta and later moved using a pick-up truck but was unsuccessful since they were found and were arrested, 1,200 miles away from their previous whereabouts.

While Tonya faces court, her legal team argues that she had done nothing illegal. "While the public may not like what she did, may not agree with what she did, or may have strong feelings against what she did, make no mistake - Tonya did not violate any law of the State of Texas and she is eager to have her day in court," Stephanie K. Patten and Steve Gordon, who are Tonya's legal counsels said in a statement as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Ethan's case recently became widely talked about because of his defense, saying that he was suffering from Affluenza. Ethan's camp said that he was spoiled too much by his wealthy parents, which prevented him from knowing what is right and wrong.

The condition, however, is not recognized as a medical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association. However, his defense paved the way for him to receive a probation sentence that he later on broke. Meanwhile, Ethan previously already took high-profile lawyer Fernando Benitez for his probation case. 

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