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Dad, 20-Year-Old Daughter Charged With Incest

Police say their baby died
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2018 9:45 AM CDT
James Travis Brown.   (Laurens County Sheriff's Office)
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(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 and mutual" relationship when Edwards became pregnant, reports the State. Both now face incest charges. Deputies say they uncovered the relationship while investigating an "alleged sexual abuse incident" passed along by social services.

"It is beyond my comprehension how this could take place between a father and daughter," says Sheriff Don Reynolds in a news release. "At this time, I can't confirm the baby died from complications related to incest, however we wonder if that's the case." Edwards already has been booked on the charges, and Brown will be once he's out of jail on unrelated charges in another county, per People. (In another case, a girl given up for adoption tracked down her biological parents, only to be impregnated by her father.)

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