Oklahoma woman who married mom sentenced in incest case

Authorities said Patricia Spann told investigators she had lost custody of her daughter and two sons who were adopted and raised by their paternal grandmother

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An Oklahoma woman who married her biological mother has pleaded guilty to incest.

Court documents indicated that Patricia Spann "had looked into" marrying her daughter and determined that she could because her name no longer appeared on Misty Spann's birth certificate.

Investigators told News 4 that 43-year-old Patricia Spann lost custody of Misty, 26, and two other children when they were young.

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. She is identified as Patricia Ann Clayton on their marriage license application.

There's a scientific explanation for why couples like Patricia and Misty Spann get together, despite being related as mother and daughter.

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After Misty was convinced, the pair married in March a year ago in Oklahoma.

Police reported that the mother also married one of her sons in 2008.

Another one of Patricia's sons told a local news station that she tried to have an inappropriate relationship with him as well, but he denied her advances.

An Oklahoma Department of Human Services child welfare investigator discovered information that led her to believe that Misty and Patricia Spann's relationship was incestuous, according to Tulsa World.

Patricia has pleaded not guilty to incest, and will appear in court for trial at a later date.

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A woman has been found guilty of incest after marrying her mother.

"I think she's just a sick, twisted individual that has something messed up in her head", Cody, 25, told PEOPLE last September.

He filed for an annulment 15 months later, citing "incest" as the reason, authorities said.

Misty and Jody's brother Cody Spann told KSWO that his mother manipulated both his sister and brother into marriage.

Under Oklahoma law, it's illegal to marry a close relative even if the relationship isn't sexual. Was she an adult?

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