Mexico deports mother of US ‘affluenza’ teen

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MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities on Wednesday deported a US woman accused of helping her fugitive teenage son flee despite his probation in a notorious and deadly drunk-driving case. While Tonya Couch was sent on a plane to the United States, her 18-year-old son Ethan remained in the custody of the National Migration Institute facility, an official from that agency told AFP. In 2013, the teen crashed his pickup into a group of pedestrians and another vehicle, leaving four dead and several seriously injured. The son of millionaire parents made headlines during his trial when a psychologist testifying on his behalf claimed he suffered from “affluenza.” The term, coined from affluence and influenza, implied that financial privilege made him unable to understand the consequences of his actions.

AFP

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