Crime & Justice

Mom of teen who killed 4 in drunk driving accident held in Los Angeles jail

This Dec. 28, 2015 photo released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. U.S. authorities said the Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an
This Dec. 28, 2015 photo released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. U.S. authorities said the Texas teenager serving probation for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck after invoking an "affluenza" defense, was in custody in Mexico, weeks after he and his mother disappeared. (Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP)
Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP

Police say the mother of a fugitive Texas teen known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident is being held in a Los Angeles jail after being deported from Mexico.

Officer Norma Eisenman says Tonya Couch was picked up by the LAPD's fugitive task force shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport.

Eisenman says Couch will be held until U.S. marshals arrive to take her to Texas, where she and her son, 18-year-old Ethan Couch, live and where he was on probation for the 2013 crash.

Authorities believe the Couches fled to Mexico in November as prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation. Ethan Couch remains in a Mexican jail.

Eisenman didn't know why Tonya Couch came through Los Angeles or when she would be transported.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Eugene Hwang said Thursday that he couldn't immediately comment.