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"Affluenza" mom released from home confinement, now working at bar

Tonya Couch, center, is taken by authorities to a waiting car after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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Ethan Couch, the so-called “affluenza” teen, is brought into court for his adult court hearing at Tim Curry Justice Center in Fort Worth, Texas April 13, 2016.

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The mother of a Texas teenager who used an “affluenza” defense after he killed four people in a drunken-driving crash has been released from home confinement.

Tonya Couch is charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering. She and her son Ethan fled to Mexico last year after video surfaced apparently showing him at a party with alcohol - a probation violation.

A judge said Tuesday that Tonya Couch no longer need be under house arrest, but must wear an electronic monitor and not consume alcohol or drugs while awaiting trial.

She tends bar in suburban Fort Worth.

At trial, a psychologist blamed “affluenza” - acting irresponsibly due to wealth - for Ethan Couch’s actions. He is serving nearly two years in jail​ for the 2013 fatal crash.