‘Affluenza’ teen and mother in custody in Mexico

(CNN) — The “affluenza” teen and his mother who fled the U.S. and evaded authorities nearly two weeks ago are in custody in Mexico Tuesday.

Ethan Couch, 18, was convicted in a 2013 drunk driving accident but was only given 10 years of probation.

If prosecutors get their way, he and his mother, Tonya, will face jail time.

The two were captured in the tourist town of Puerto Vallarta.


Couch went missing earlier this month after a video was posted online that appeared to show him violating his 10-year probation for killing four people in a 2013 drunk driving incident.

His case gained national attention after a psychologist testified that he suffered from “affluenza” and never had any limits set for him. Couch’s lawyers said his parents were partly to blame for the crash.

Couch will be placed back in the juvenile system, where he faces jail time until his 19th birthday.

But officials in Texas say that’s not nearly enough. “That, in my opinion, is not a sufficient punishment for the taking of four lives,” said Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney. “Our request of the court is going to be to transfer his probation to the adult court and deal with him in the adult system.”

Officials briefed on the investigation said Couch’s cell phone might have played a key role in tracking them down.

Tonya Couch, Ethan’s mother, will face a charge of hindering apprehension. She was listed by Texas authorities as a missing person after her son’s disappearance.

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