LOS ANGELES – The mother of a fugitive teenager who used an “affluenza” defense in a deadly drunken-driving case is no longer in the custody of Los Angeles authorities.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Nicole Nishida says Tonya Couch left jail Thursday morning. She declines to confirm whether Couch was on her way to Texas. Authorities there have said they would bring her back by Friday.
Couch is charged in Texas with hindering the apprehension of a felon and will be held on $1 million bond.
She was flown to Los Angeles last week after being deported from Mexico, where she and her 18-year-old son, Ethan, were arrested.
Authorities believe the pair fled in November as Texas prosecutors investigated whether Ethan had violated his probation in a car crash that killed four people.