“Affluenza” Teen Detained by Mexican Authorities

The Texas teen who became a fugitive after allegedly violating his probation sentence for killing four people in a drunken-driving crash was detained in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Monday.

Ethan Couch,18, and his mother were wanted in Tarrant County, Texas, after disappearing two weeks after he was sentenced to probation about two years ago in court for intoxication manslaughter. The ‘affluenza’ nickname came from a psychologist who said during Couch’s trial he was so wealthy and spoiled he could not tell the difference between right and wrong.

The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize ‘affluenza’ as a diagnosis and Couch’s sentence to ten years of probation – instead of 20 years of prison time – sparked outrage. After a video came out that suggested he had violated his probation appearing to show him at a beer-pong party, Couch and his mother then vanished and were listed as a missing person by Texas authorities.

Couch, the ‘affluenza’ teen, is expected to be turned over to the US Marshals Service and his mother Tonya was also detained, according to a CNN report, citing officials briefed on the matter.

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