Warrant: ‘Affluenza’ teen’s mom took $30,000 before flight

Tonya Couch appears in court in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The mother of Ethan Couch, who used an "affluenza" defense after killing people in a drunken-driving wreck appeared in court on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon. (Rodger Mallison/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement officials say the mother of a fugitive teen who invoked “affluenza” as a defense in a 2013 fatal drunken-driving accident took $30,000 from a bank account and cut ties with the boy’s father before fleeing to Mexico.

Tonya Couch and her son Ethan Couch were arrested in Mexico last month after he missed a meeting with his probation officer.

The bank withdrawal, and Dec. 3 phone call telling Ethan Couch’s father he’d never see them again, were documented in Tonya Couch’s arrest warrant released Friday.

She is being held in Tarrant County on $1 million bond on a charge of hindering apprehension of a felon.

Ethan Couch remains in custody in Mexico after winning a delay on his deportation back to Texas, where he could face jail time.

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