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Tonya Couch, the 'Affluenza' mom, heads to court again in search of a way out of jail

Mitch Mitchell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tonya Couch, the mother of "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch who is accused of helping him flee to Mexico in 2015, was sent back to jail in March after a failed drug test.

Couch, 51, had been free on bond while awaiting trial. It was not made public what substance she tested positive for, but conditions of her bond prohibit her from using or possessing any controlled substances, marijuana or alcohol.

Couch is awaiting trial on charges of money laundering and hindering the apprehension of a felon. She is accused of withdrawing $30,000 from a bank account and hiding with her son in Mexico after he missed a probation appointment in 2015.

They were both arrested a few weeks later in a Mexican resort town and returned to Texas.

Four people died and several others were injured in a 2013 drunken driving crash caused by Ethan Couch, now 20, in southern Tarrant County. He was sentenced to 10 years' probation in the case but has been jailed for violating the conditions of his probation.

He garnered national attention after a witness at his trial said he suffered from "affluenza," meaning that his affluent upbringing and dysfunctional parents kept him from learning right from wrong.

Ethan Couch was released from jail in April after completing his two-year sentence for violating the terms of his probation.

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This will make the third time that Tonya Couch has come before a Tarrant County judge concerning issues with her bond, according to court records.

This report includes information from the Star-Telegram archives.

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