January 8, 2016 12:15 pm
Updated: January 8, 2016 12:28 pm

‘Affluenza’ mom arraigned in Texas on single charge; bail set at $1M

WATCH ABOVE: Tonya Couch, the mother of the 'affluenza' teen, was arraigned Friday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon


The mother of a fugitive teen who used an ‘affluenza’ defence after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck has made an initial appearance in a Texas courtroom on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

Tarrant County Judge Wayne Salvant advised Tonya Couch of the charge at the hearing Friday.

Bond has been set at $1 million. Couch’s attorney has requested a bond reduction.

WATCH: Police confident ‘affluenza’ teen will return to Texas, mom arraigned on charge

Authorities believe Couch and her 18-year-old son, Ethan Couch, fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether the teenager had violated his probation. A video surfaced that appeared to show him at a party where people were drinking.

The mother and son were arrested in Mexico late last month.

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