Sheriff offers tough words as 'affluenza' mom complains about jail cell

Friday, January 8, 2016
Tonya Couch - Affluenza Mom
Tonya Couch has been indicted after she fled the U.S. with her son, Ethan Couch, the 'affluenza' teen

FORT WORTH, TX -- A sheriff says a "woman with means" whose fugitive teenage son used an "affluenza" defense to avoid prison after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck has complained about the conditions in her Texas jail cell.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said at a news conference Friday that he responded to Tonya Couch's complaints by saying it "is a jail, not a resort."

Couch made an initial appearance at court Friday on a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon.

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.

The mother and son were arrested in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta late last month.