Parents Of Texas 'Affluenza' Teen To Pay
Part Of State Treatment
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[April 12, 2014]
By Marice Richter
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) — A Texas
judge, who was criticized for sentencing a wealthy Texas teen to
probation after he killed four people while driving drunk, on Friday
ordered his parents to pay a small part of the cost of his treatment at
a state-run facility.
Judge Jean Boyd, whose sentence of 10 years probation and no jail
time set off a backlash of criticism in December, ordered the
youth's parents to pay about $1,100 a month.
The state facility he has been sent to costs $715 a day. His parents
had offered to pay for private treatment at a private out-of-state
The case set off an emotional debate after a psychologist for the
teenager testified that his family's wealth had impaired the
teenager's ability to take responsibility for his actions, saying he
suffered from "affluenza."
The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize "affluenza"
as a diagnosis.
Prosecutors had asked the court to send the teenager to a youth
detention center as punishment.
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Prosecutors said the then 16-year-old had a blood alcohol level
three times the legal limit for an adult when he killed the driver
of a car that had broken down by the side of the road and three
people who had gone to help the stranded motorist.
Four other people were injured, two seriously, in the crash near
Fort Worth in June 2013.
(Editing by David Bailey and Ken Wills)
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