An Oklahoma woman who was arrested for incest after marrying her biological mother received a deferred sentence. According to local reports, Patricia allegedly married her son because he was in the military, and she wanted to prevent him from going overseas.
They married in March 2016 in Comanche County, Oklahoma.
The same charges were brought against her mother, 44-year-old Patricia Spann, but the woman refused to plead guilty.
When investigators discovered the illegal relationship, Patricia told officials she didn't think she was breaking any laws by marrying Misty because her name is no longer listed on her daughter's birth certificate.
Misty and Patricia were also trying to adopt a child, and they thought tying the knot might help that process, he added.
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However, the story gets even stranger when authorities realised this wasn't the first time the mum had been married to one of her children.
She says she only consented to getting married after her mother convinced her it was legally OK, saying she consulted three attorneys. She married a son in 2008, according to police, and their marriage was annulled in 2010 after her son described it as incest. This marriage was annulled 15 months later because of 'incest'. Her probation is the type known as a deferred sentence. "If that's what you want that's on you, but none of us kids want that, and now you got my sister behind bars because of your choices, why don't you let that sit on you as a mom'".
However, GSA is rare between people raised together in early childhood due to a reverse sexual imprinting known as the Westermarck effect, which desensitizes them sexual attraction.
The marriage was annulled October 12 after Misty filed for an annulment "by reason of illegality and fraud", She said her mother told her she had received legal advice indicating that their marriage was legal because Patricia's name was no longer on Misty's birth certificate.
Experts believe that this effect evolved to prevent inbreeding.