There is nothing more distressful than for a parent to hurt his or her child, especially if that child is seeking to please that parent. Children often do things against their will to win the approval of their neglecting parent. The sick parent can and often does use this to their advantage.
One such case seems to exist in Oklahoma.
Christian News reports:
An Oklahoma woman and her adult daughter are behind bars after authorities discovered that they were involved in an incestuous relationship in “marrying” each other earlier this year.
According to reports, the Department of Human Services (DHS) contacted the Duncan Police Department after visiting the home of Patricia Spann, 43, for a child welfare investigation. It found that Spann was living with three of her children, who had been previously taken from her custody and adopted by their paternal grandmother.
Spann reportedly had no contact with her children for years, but when she met her daughter Misty, now 25, the two “hit it off,” she told DHS officials. She also said that she looked into the ramifications of marrying her biological daughter, but determined “that because her name was no longer listed on Misty’s birth certificate, she felt no laws had been violated.”
Now, this is not something that we have not seen. As I reported, there is a similar case happening in New Mexico. And there, the mother and son claim to be in love. Here it may be a little different.
Here, the mother has done this before. That’s right: just last year, Patricia Spann married her son. Supposedly, she did this to keep him from being deployed to Iraq. Now, she and her daughter both are being held on a $10,000 bond and awaiting trial.
The problem that Oklahoma faces is the same as in New Mexico; who are they to tell them that they cannot get married? This is what happens when you open up the door on self-defining marriage.
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