“Affluenza” teen in custody: Tarrant Co officials

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A fugitive from Texas, known as the “affluenza teen”, is in custody Tarrant County officials say. Julie Noce report.

“Affluenza” teen in custody: Tarrant Co officials

The so-called ‘affluenza’ teenager has been taken into custody, officials from Tarrant County, Texas said.

Ethan Couch, the 18-year-old who was serving a 10 year probation sentence for killing four people in a drunk driving incident in 2013, had been a fugitive after breaking probation earlier this month.

The “affluenza” nickname, a combination of the words ‘affluence’ and ‘influenza’, came from a psychologist who argued during his trial that Couch was so wealthy and spoiled that he couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong.

The term is not recognized as a diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association and Couch’s probation sentence sparked outrage.

Couch’s mother Tonya had also been declared missing since earlier this month.

Officials had said they believed the pair were together.

CNN is reporting that Couch and his mother were located near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and said Couch would be turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mexico’s attorney general’s office did not respond immediately to calls seeking information.

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