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Dad, 20-Year-Old Daughter Charged With Incest

Police say their baby died

(Newser) - A 20-year-old woman in South Carolina whose newborn died at a medical facility is now in trouble with the law because of the child's father: the same as her own. Police in Laurens County say James Travis Brown, 38, and daughter Katlyn Lauren Edwards were in a "consensual... More »

Cops: Father-Daughter Incest Ended in Murder-Suicide

NC man believed to have killed daughter and the baby son he had with her

(Newser) - The already grim story of a North Carolina father who impregnated his biological daughter and planned to marry her has come to a horrific end. Authorities say father Steven Pladl was found dead Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle in Dover, NY, several miles away from where... More »

Adopted Girl Reunites With Parents; Now, Incest Charges

Steven Pladl allegedly got his biological daughter pregnant, planned to marry her

(Newser) - It had all the makings of an upbeat story: A girl turns 18, then seeks out and reunites with the parents who had given her for adoption as a baby. But as WNCN reports, the ending of this tale now involves incest charges and accusations that a father impregnated his... More »

No Jail Time for Man Who Impregnated Young Daughter

WV judge gives man who forced daughter to get abortion 5 years' probation

(Newser) - A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision for impregnating his 11-year-old daughter in 2011 and forcing her to get an abortion. Michael Joe Adkins of Ona entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, reports the Huntington Herald-Dispatch , which allowed him to concede... More »

Court Takes Man at His Word That He Had Sex With Sister

Wisconsin appeals court upholds 2015 incest conviction

(Newser) - A man sentenced to more than seven years in jail after he was spotted holding hands with his sister at the Muscoda Mushroom Fest two years ago won't be released early after a Wisconsin court rejected his appeal Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Because Christian Bisbach was on... More »

She Lost Custody of Her Daughter. Then She Married Her

The daughter, Misty Spann, pleaded guilty to incest on Tuesday

(Newser) - Prosecutors say an Oklahoma woman once married one of her sons—and then, years later, married one of her daughters. That daughter, Misty Spann of Duncan, pleaded guilty to incest on Tuesday in Stephens County District Court. The Tulsa World reports the 26-year-old received a 10-year deferred sentence, which the... More »

Women Date Guys Who Look Like Their Brothers

At least a little bit, researchers find

(Newser) - A new study suggests that when it comes to dating, women tend to pick partners who bear at least a slight resemblance to their own brothers. Reporting in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior , the researchers write that selecting "optimal" breeding mates—not too closely related, but not too... More »

Mushrooms, Pot, Making Out Don't Mix for Brothers

It all happened in front of an Indianapolis dumpster, say police

(Newser) - Sorry, Philly—Indianapolis gets to be the City of Brotherly Love this week. That's thanks to Timothy Batz, 21, and his 24-year-old sibling, Noah Batz, both accused of involvement in a chaotic story featuring drugs, nudity, assault, and an intense makeout session in front of a dumpster, WISH and... More »

Austria's Infamous Incest House Just Sold

Josef Fritzl's house bought by strip club owner looking to turn it into apartments

(Newser) - The home where "Austrian incest monster" Josef Fritzl kept his daughter locked in the cellar for 24 years while fathering seven children by her may soon be used to house strippers, the Local reports. Fritzl was found guilty of murder, incest, sequestration, and 3,000 counts of rape in... More »

Man Gets 1,503 Years for Raping His Daughter

It's the longest sentence ever handed down in Fresno, Calif.

(Newser) - A 41-year-old California man has been handed a 1,503-year sentence for repeatedly raping his teenage daughter over a period of four years, in a stark departure from headlines about convicted rapists getting slaps on the wrist. Rene Lopez drew the longest known sentence handed down in Fresno Superior Court... More »

Man Admits to Raping Daughter, 12, Gets 60 Days

He had agreed to spend 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - When a 40-year-old man stood in front of a Montana judge on Oct. 4, having admitted to raping his 12-year-old daughter, it was with the knowledge that he would likely spend the next quarter-century in jail. Instead, Judge John C. McKeon ignored a plea deal in which the Glasgow resident... More »

Mom, Daughter Charged With Incest After Marrying

Patricia Spann had already married her son a few years earlier

(Newser) - 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 AP reports. The motivation behind the March marriage was unclear Wednesday, when 43-year-old Patricia Ann Spann... More »

Mom, Son Will Defend Incestuous Romance in Court

New Mexico pair face jail over incest charges

(Newser) - A New Mexico courtroom will be the scene of a trial sure to make many uncomfortable next month: A 36-year-old mother and her 19-year-old son have been charged with incest and face three years in jail, reports the Clovis News Journal . But Monica Mares and Caleb Peterson are anything but... More »

Daughter: My Long-Lost Dad Raped Me at Our Reunion

Australian man ultimately pleaded guilty to incest

(Newser) - There's no happy ending to the story of an Australian woman who tracked down her father two decades after he last saw her when she was a baby: The unnamed man raped his daughter when they were reunited, she says. The man says his daughter's mother walked out... More »

Scientists Find Proof of Pharaohs' Incest

They did so by measuring the height of 259 Egyptian mummies

(Newser) - A new study has found that "pharaohs varied less in height than men of the common population," as a researcher explains—a rather plain statement with some pretty gossipy implications. Swiss researcher Frank Rühli and his colleagues examined the height of 259 mummies—a group that included... More »

After Couple's Story, NJ May Ban Adult Incest

State legislator to propose legislation to make it illegal

(Newser) - Remember the story about an 18-year-old girl who reunited—really reunited—with her long-lost father and agreed to marry him ? So does New Jersey state lawmaker Mary Pat Angelini. After learning that the couple planned to move to New Jersey because the state has no laws on the books... More »

18-Year-Old Plans to Marry Her Long-Lost Father

Young woman says the two were instantly attracted after a 12-year absence

(Newser) - It's been established that reuniting with long-lost relatives can and does result in "Genetic Sexual Attraction," a term coined in the 1980s. In fact, some have estimated that elements of sexual attraction occur in as many as half the cases of estranged loved ones who meet as... More »

For This Animal, Incest Is Safest Bet

Banded mongoose risks survival in mating outside native group

(Newser) - Mammals tend to avoid incest as a rule, mainly due to the resulting health issues in offspring. There are exceptions, however, and a team of researchers has discovered—for the banded mongoose, at least—incest isn't always such a bad idea. The animals have an oddly high degree of... More »

Germany Ethics Council: Let's Legalize Incest

Government council says consensual sibling incest should not be punished

(Newser) - Patrick Stuebing was adopted as an infant, met his biological sister when he was 24 and she was 16, and started a relationship with her that resulted in four children. In 2008, Stuebing was convicted of incest, and went to prison for three years. He's been fighting the anti-incest... More »

Sister Caught Kissing Bro in Jail Now ... Back in Jail

Charlene Ellet charged with assaulting her husband

(Newser) - In case you were curious what else goes on in the life of a Texas woman who admitted to carrying on an affair with her brother , it apparently involves charges of choking one's husband—and yes, that's a different person than dear old bro. Charlene Ellet was released... More »

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