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.
— CNN (@CNN) December 21, 2015
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.
— WFAA-TV (@wfaachannel8) December 21, 2015
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.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 18, 2015
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.