Ethan Couch: "Affluenza Teen" On the Run With Mom

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Ethan Couch, the Texas teen known as the "affluenza teen," is on the run, presumably with his mother. Couch was convicted of driving drunk and killing four people when he was 16. His only sentence was that of probation. He did no jail time at all. His defense team coined the phrase "affluenza teen," saying Ethan Couch was “raised so coddled that he never learned a sense of responsibility.”

It was just over a week ago that Ethan Couch was spotted in a photo posted to social media. In it he was playing beer pong. The specifics of his probation state he cannot consume--or knowingly be near--alcohol. When his probation officer tried to reach him, he was nowhere to be found. It was determined shortly thereafter that his mother, Tanya Couch, is missing, too.

On Monday, the Tarrant County, Texas sheriff’s office announced that Ethan’s mother Tonya Couch was 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.

If it is proven that Tanya Couch helped Ethan Couch hide from authorities, it will shed much light on what is already an unfathomable situation. In addition to his "affluenza teen" defense, Ethan Couch's mom clearly doesn't feel he should suffer any consequences.

This ordeal involving the disappearance of Ethan Couch no doubt jabs at the hearts of those who lost loved ones when he drove drunk two years ago.

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.