‘Affluenza’ teen may delay deportation with human rights law

The Texas teenage fugitive and his mother attempted to disguise themselves and disappear among the American tourists who flocked to a Mexican resort city for the holidays, but are now in custody and set for deportation to the USA, authorities said Tuesday. An immigration van carrying Ethan Couch exits the federal building housing the offices of the national immigration service in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.

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“Tonya is now in the custody of California authorities in Los Angeles”.


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It was unclear why Tonya Couch was brought into Los Angeles, instead of Texas, where she and her son live and where he is on probation. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year prison term, but the court handed him a surprise sentence of mental health treatment and a decade of probation.


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Ethan Couch was transferred Thursday to a Mexico City immigration detention center in one of the capital’s poorest areas where he will likely spend weeks, if not months, as he appeals deportation.

He is being held in a detention center in Mexico City until a judge hears arguments on whether he was rightfully detained. A photo distributed by the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office shows him in detention with his blond hair dyed black and his normally blondish beard now brown.

Earlier this week, Texas teen Ethan Couch, who infamously used the “affluenza” defence to escape jail time after killing four people while driving drunk, was apprehended in Mexico.

During the sentencing phase of Couch’s trial, a defense expert argued that his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility – a condition the expert termed “affluenza”.

Authorities in Texas said an arrest warrant was being issued for Tonya Couch on charges of hindering an apprehension, a third-degree felony that carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

Couch and his mother Tonya were caught Monday in Puerto Vallarta.

That could likely keep Ethan Couch in Mexico for at least two weeks because the writs “take the decision out of a lower-level agency and asks that a higher authority deport them”, Hunter said.

Ethan Couch is still being held in a Mexican lockup after filing a writ of amparo, which sends the case to immigration court.

Her son, however, remains in Mexico after his attorneys filed paperwork hoping to fight his extradition to the United Sates, according to Tarrant County, Texas’, sheriff and district attorney.

“He’ll be there until his appeal is over, which will ultimately end in deportation”, a migration official said, adding that Couch would not be allowed out of the facility.

Her attorneys released a statement saying that though “the public may not like what she did, may not agree with what she did, or may have strong feelings against what she did”, she had done nothing illegal and wanted to get back to Texas as soon as possible.

Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter.

This story has been corrected with the proper spelling of Couch’s last name.

Authorities say a teen fugitive known for using an “affluenza” defense and his mother are scheduled to depart for the US after a phone call for pizza led to their capture in Mexico.

Once returned to Texas, Couch will be held in a North Texas facility until a probation violation hearing January 19.

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Couch and his mother fled america earlier this month after a video surfaced on-line apparently displaying Ethan Couch at a party the place beer was being consumed.

Mom of 'affluenza' teen back in US after Mexico deportation