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Ethan Couch's parents will pay a fraction of rehab cost

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The parents of Ethan Couch will only have to pay a small part of his rehab treatment at a state hospital.

During Friday's hearing, the state-run facility said that Couch's care will cost $715 per day. It recommended his parents be ordered to pay a maximum of $1,170 per month - less than two days per month of treatment.

Texas taxpayers will foot the bill for the remaining cost of the care each month.

The family's attorney said they respect what the facility recommends and will make the ordered payments.

The state facility said it evaluated Couch's parents and determined how much they should pay based on a sliding scale.

Couch was convicted of intoxication manslaughter for a 2013 crash that killed four people and injured several others.

He avoided jail time and was sentenced to probation with time in a rehab facility. A defense expert during the trial said Couch suffered from "affluenza," which he said affects children from wealthy families who have a sense of entitlement and make bad decisions.

The parents of Lucas McConnell, who was injured in the accident and is part of a civil suit against the Couch's, were in court on Friday to hear the ruling.

"It's a step in a journey we're going to have to take as a family," father Kevin McConnell said. "One more step."

Couch is currently being treated at the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon.

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