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“Affluenza” Teen’s Mother Released From Jail

Tonya Couch posted bond on Monday night after it was reduced from $1 million to $75,000 by a judge earlier in the day. Her son, Ethan Couch, remains in custody at an immigration facility in Mexico City.

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The mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch was released from jail Tuesday morning after posting $75,000 bond Monday night in Texas, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson announced on Twitter.

Earlier on Monday, a Tarrant County, Texas judge reduced Tonya Couch's bond from $1 million to $75,000, after her attorneys argued that she couldn't afford the original amount. She faces a three-count felony charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon, her son, when she was extradited back to the U.S. from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Anderson said that Tonya Couch will be monitored electronically 24/7 and will be home confined.

The electronic ankle monitor will have a GPS on it to track her location and was a condition of lowering her bond. She will live with one of her sons, Steven McWilliams, after she is released.

Earlier on Monday, McWilliams, testified that his mother couldn’t pay the $1 million bond, adding that her bank account was in the red.

However, prosecutors opposed to lowering her bond said Tonya Couch had $100,000 in her account the day she fled with her son to Mexico and was able to withdraw $30,000 that is to this day unaccounted for.

Ethan Couch became widely known during his 2013 trial when a psychologist for his defense team testified the teen had “affluenza” — a condition that left him with a reduced sense of responsibility due to his wealthy and dysfunctional parents.

The teen, who was 16 at the time, crashed his truck while driving drunk after a party, killing four people and critically injuring two of his passengers.

Prosecutors had sought a 20-year jail sentence, but Ethan Couch was instead sentenced to 10 years of probation, during which he was required to be drug- and alcohol-free.

Authorities say the Couches made a run for Mexico after footage was shared on Twitter purporting to show the now 18-year-old playing beer pong with friends.

Ethan Couch remains in custody in a Mexico City detention holding center.

Adolfo Flores is a national security correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles. He focuses on immigration.

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