'Affluenza' Teen Grew up in Wealthy but Unstable Home

December 31, 2015 8:30 AM

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The Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a deadly drunken-driving wreck grew up in a wealthy yet unstable household where his parents underwent an acrimonious divorce, which included accusations that his mother was addicted to pain pills and his father was abusive.

The divorce provides a revealing backdrop for the latest chapter in Ethan Couch's troubled life: He and his mother were arrested Monday after fleeing to Mexico while he was on probation and using one of their phones to order a pizza delivered to a condo in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

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