Ethan Couch: "Affluenza Teen" On the Lam With Mom, May Have Left the Country

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Ethan Couch, the "affluenza teen" sentenced only to probation after driving drunk and killing four people, is on the lam, presumably in the company of his mother, Tanya Couch. Some believe they may have left the U.S.

Missing for a week, Ethan Couch was dubbed the "affluenza teen" when his legal defense said he was "raised so coddled that he never learned a sense of responsibility." Couch disappeared after a video of him playing beer pong was posted on social media. Not only did this violate his probation, it was determined he missed a meeting with his probation officer, too. When the probation officer tried tracking Ethan Couch down, it was determined both he and his mom were missing.

It was earlier on Monday that the Tarrant County, Texas sheriff’s office announced that Ethan’s mother Tonya Couch has been listed as a missing person and that she may be helping her son.

“We believe she is helping or assisting him but we can’t even prove they are together at this time,” said Sheriff Dee Anderson, according to CNN.

When Ethan Couch got off with only probation as his punishment for killing four people, it must have been devastating for the survivors of the deceased. Can you imagine how they must feel now that they've learned both Couch and his mother are missing? It no doubt opens old wounds and fills them with an added feeling of desperation.

Hopefully other countries have received photos and word of Ethan Couch's disappearance. When he is found, he will likely see some jail time after all.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.