(DALLAS) — Tonya Couch, the mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, has just arrived in Dallas after being extradited from California, authorities said Thursday.
She was seen arriving at the Dallas Fort Worth airport Thursday afternoon on an American Airline flight. She was escorted by police and was seen wearing a large top covering her hands.
She was taken off the plane gate-side and was placed in a waiting police vehicle.
After an intensive manhunt, Couch was apprehended with her son Ethan in Mexico on Dec. 28 and she was transported by U.S. Marshals to California two days later, authorities said.
She had a court appearance earlier this week and agreed not to fight her extradition to her home state of Texas.
Couch, 48, left the custody of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Thursday morning, though it is unclear if she will have a court appearance Thursday after inmate processing.
Her 18-year-old son, who was put on probation in 2013 after a drunk driving incident that left four people dead when he was 16 years old, remains in a migrant holding facility in Mexico as his stay of deportation is processed there, authorities said.
During Couch’s sentencing in the drunk driving trial, a psychologist hired by the defense testified that the teen was a product of “affluenza” — a term he used to describe Couch’s irresponsible lifestyle associated with his affluent upbringing — and that irresponsible parenting had “strongly enabled” the accident, despite the fact that Couch had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit on the night of the crash.
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