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‘Affluenza’ Teen’s Mom Due in L.A. Court Today

Tonya Couch, the mother of fugitive "affluenza'' teen Ethan Couch, has been officially charged with hindering apprehension and her bond has been set at $1 million (Thinkstock).
Tonya Couch, the mother of fugitive “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, has been officially charged with hindering apprehension and her bond has been set at $1 million (Thinkstock).

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch is expected in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom today for an extradition hearing.

Tonya Couch, 38, faces a felony charge in Texas of hindering apprehension of a felon for allegedly helping her 18-year-old son flee the country while out on probation.

She was detained in Los Angeles on a no-bail hold for Texas authorities after being deported from Mexico last week.

Couch will remain in custody until deputies from the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in Texas come to get her, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Couch and her son were arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Dec. 28 in connection with his alleged probation violation stemming from a deadly drunken-driving crash in Texas.

Lawyers for the teen — who was 16 at the time of the crash that killed four people — successfully argued in 2013 he should not go to prison because he suffered from growing up in affluent circumstances.

Couch missed a required check-in with Texas authorities earlier this month after video surfaced showing him at a party where drinking was going on.

Ethan Couch has been granted a stay in his deportation case while the legal process in Mexico runs its course, according to his Texas attorneys.

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