Oklahoma Woman Who Married Her Mother Pleads Guilty To Incest
An Oklahoma woman who married her biological mother last September pleaded guilty to incest on Tuesday.
Her mother, Patricia Spann, 44, will appear in court for the same charge in January.
Misty Spann, 26, married her biological mother, who was formerly named Patricia Ann Clayton, in March 2016.
Patricia Spann lost custody of Misty and two other children when they were young.
The kids were adopted by their grandmother, and didn’t have contact with Patricia Spann until they were adults, according to local station KFOR TV.
The two women reconnected back in 2014, reportedly “hit it off,” and decided to get married.
Patricia Spann told officials she didn’t think marrying Misty was illegal because her name is no longer listed on her daughter’s birth certificate, according to KFOR TV.
The fact that she wasn’t on the birth certificate is how they were able to get a marriage license.
Their marriage didn’t come to light until a Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare investigator did an inquiry that led her to believe that the couple was having an incestuous relationship, according to Tulsa World.
This isn’t the first time that Patricia Spann has married one of her offspring.
Court records show that the marriage between Misty and Patricia was annulled in August 2016.
Misty Spann filed for it “by reason of illegality and fraud,” saying that her mother had claimed that she had received legal advice claiming the marriage was legal.
She says she only consented to getting married after her mother convinced her it was legally OK, saying she consulted three attorneys.
Patricia says she actually did the research herself, and thought that it would be OK since she no longer has the same name as what was printed on Misty’s birth certificate.
Misty and Jody’s brother Cody Spann told KSWO that his mother manipulated both his sister and brother into marriage.
‘I think she’s worthless she put my sister into this. She forced my sister into this, there’s a lot of people that know it,’ he said.
‘For you to want to put your own daughter through this, what kind of person are you? 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.’