Mother of teen paralyzed by ‘affluenza victim’ speaks out: ‘We’ve been in hell’

Mother of teen paralyzed by ‘affluenza victim’ speaks out: ‘We’ve been in hell’
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Maria Lemus’ teenage son used to love soccer. He used to have friends. He used to be a normal kid.

But since he became a victim of Ethan Couch’s drunken driving, 18-year-old Sergio Molina has been paralyzed and requires around-the-clock care.

He can communicate only by blinking.

“People say we have to die to go to hell,” his mother said. “To me, I’ve already been there.”

Lemus spoke briefly about her family’s experience from her front door step Saturday, a day after attending a court hearing where a judge transferred Couch’s case to adult court.

After the hearing, her oldest son, Alex Lemus, stood with his brother in front of TV cameras and made a compelling argument for why the news media should pay attention to his family – not the Couches.

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