Woman ar­rested for mar­ry­ing own son, daugh­ter

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A WOMAN and her daugh­ter are fac­ing in­cest charges after au­thor­i­ties learned the pair were legally mar­ried in Ok­la­homa this year, and that the mother had mar­ried her son a few years ear­lier.

The mo­ti­va­tion be­hind the March mar­riage was un­clear Wed­nes­day, when 43-year-old Pa­tri­cia Ann Spann and her daugh­ter, 25-year-old Misty Vel­vet Dawn Spann, made ini­tial ap­pear­ances in Stephens County dis­trict court. Un­der Ok­la­homa law, mar­ry­ing a close rel­a­tive is con­sid­ered in­cest whether or not a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship ex­ists.

Nei­ther woman had an at­tor­ney listed in court doc­u­ments. No pub­licly listed phone num­ber could be found for their home in Dun­can, about 80 miles south­west of Ok­la­homa City.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice af­fi­davit, of­fi­cers learned about the mar­riage late last month amid a child wel­fare in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Pa­tri­cia Spann told a state child ser­vices in­ves­ti­ga­tor she’d lost cus­tody of three chil­dren, who were adopted by their pa­ter­nal grand­mother, but re­united with her daugh­ter two years ago. She said she thought a mar­riage was OK be­cause her name wasn’t on her daugh­ter’s birth cer­tifi­cate, the af­fi­davit states.

De­tec­tives later learned she mar­ried her son in 2008. He filed for an an­nul­ment 15 months later cit­ing “in­cest,” stat­ing he was mar­ried to his birth mother, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Po­lice didn’t re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­tails fol­low­ing the women’s court ap­pear­ance. Both women were be­ing held on $10 000 bail. — AP

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