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'Affluenza' Teen Returns to US in Custody

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This frame grab from Jan. 28, 2016 taken from a video provided by Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Migracion, INM, shows a hooded Ethan Couch as he is processed by Mexican immigration agents, in Mexico City.

This frame grab from Jan. 28, 2016 taken from a video provided by Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Migracion, INM, shows a hooded Ethan Couch as he is processed by Mexican immigration agents, in Mexico City.

The American teenager wanted for violating his probation in a deadly drunk driving crash has been deported from Mexico to the United States were he was sent to juvenile detention.

Ethan Couch arrived at a Texas airport escorted by police officers Thursday.

Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, fled to Mexico after officials in Tarrant County, Texas, began an investigation into whether Ethan violated the probation deal that kept him out of prison after he killed four people with his pickup truck in 2013.

Couch was 16 years old and drunk when his car slammed into an SUV, killing four people two years ago.

He pled guilty to intoxication manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

The case gained notoriety because Couch's lawyers used what was termed the "affluenza" defense, calling experts who convinced the court that Couch was too spoiled and pampered by his wealthy parents to understand the severity of his actions.

He will face a detention hearing in the coming days where a judge will decide whether to hold him at a juvenile facility, to charge him in an adult jail or to let him go.

Some material for this report came from AP and Reuters.

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