An Oklahoma woman has avoided jail time for marrying her mum after pleading guilty to incest.
The 26-year-old woman, Misty Spann, was sentenced to 10 years probation for the March 2016 wedding to her 44-year-old biological mum Patricia Ann Spann, Tulsa World reports.
Misty had been raised by her grandmother after her mum had lost custody of her and her two siblings. But in 2014 the pair reconnected. And that’s when they “hit it off”.
Within two years, they married.
While we don’t know the state of the marriage in the time they were together, Misty and Patricia were investigated by the Department of Human Services in August this year.
While her daughter will not serve time in prison, Patricia is due to face court for the crime in January.
What makes this story even more bizarre, however, is that this is not Patricia Spann’s first incestuous relationship; in 2008, she married another one of her children, her biological son. The union was annulled 15 months later, after her son/husband deemed it was wrong to be in an “incestuous” marriage.
Sadly, Patricia's third child, Cody, says his siblings have been manipulated by their mother into romantic relationships with her.
“I think she's worthless she put my sister into this," Cody Spann told local news website KSWO. "She forced my sister into this, there's a lot of people that know it. For you to want to put your own daughter through this, what kind of person are you?"
For most, this kind of relationship isn't just hard to comprehend - to many it's simply sickening - but there's actually research that supports an overwhelming attraction relatives who meet as adults for the first time feel, known formally as Genetic Sexual Attraction.
First, a 2011 University of Illinois study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found, people appear to be drawn to others who resemble their kin or themselves.