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Update: Mother of ‘affluenza’ teen released from jail

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FORT WORTH, Texas –  It’s a new development in a case that stunned the country.

In 2013, Ethan Couch, 16, was driving drunk when he crashed his truck, killing four people and seriously injuring others.

As part of his defense, attorneys claimed Couch was too rich and spoiled to understand the consequences of his actions, coining the term ‘affluenza.’

As a result, the judge sentenced him to probation instead of jail time.

Recently, video surfaced that purported to show Couch violating the terms of his parole.

While investigators were looking into the claims, Couch and his mother disappeared.

On Dec. 28, authorities found Ethan and Tonya Couch in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

Tonya Couch was extradited to Texas while her son remains in Mexico.

According to the Associated Press, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Tonya Couch has been complaining about the conditions in her cell.

At a news conference on Friday, Anderson said he has responded to Couch’s complaints by saying it “is a jail, not a resort.”

Couch made an initial appearance at court Friday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

In a stunning move, Judge Wayne Salvant reduced Couch’s bond from $1 million to $75,000 on Monday afternoon.

According to KXAS, Couch’s attorney asked the judge to reduce the bond drastically.

“We think anything $25,000 or under would be fair,” said Stephanie Patten, Couch’s attorney.

KTVT reorts she posted bon Tuesday and was released from jail.

Wearing an electronic ankle monitor is part of her bond agreement.

She must also undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The mental examination will determine whether there is clinical evidence to support the argument that Tonya Couch may be incompetent to stand trial.

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