Son charged with incest tried to save mom from abuse

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2016

Monica Mares, a 36-year-old from Clovis, New Mexico in the USA, faces up to 18 months in jail if found guilty of incest over her relationship with her birth son, Caleb Peterson, aged 19.

They say they went public with their relationship to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction relationships.

Online court records show a trial for 36-year-old Monica Mares is scheduled to begin August 25. - five months after a grand jury indicted her and her son Caleb Peterson on one count each of incest.

Mares was just 16 when she gave birth to Peterson, who was adopted as a baby.

Social media burst with outrage over the story of a 19-year-old and his mother fighting for their relationship amid charges of incest. Mares said she would give up the right to see her other children if she was asked to choose between them and Peterson.

But despite the court order, Mares and Peterson insist they'll continue their relationship, even at the cost of their freedom and family. He was falling in love with his mom and I was falling in love with my son. But when the pair reunited for the first time at the end of previous year after gaining contact via Facebook, their feelings were intense to say the least.

"If they [want] lock me up for love, then they lock me up", Monica remarked.

"He is the love of my life and I don't want to lose him. There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him". Nothing can come between us. "In certain aspects I do but mostly I don't", Peterson told the website. "I went to go pick him up at his dad's house in Texas".

PIX11 found court documents showing Peterson and Mares were both charged with incest. "If they lock me up for love then they lock me up", she said.

'After about a week or so I started having feelings for her, and I guess I fell in love'.

Those feelings are prompted by having similar characteristics to a person, feeling more comfortable with those similarities and the subconscious memory of a family member's smell causing a physical reaction. It didn't feel wrong, it felt normal.

Mares and Peterson are not allowed to see each other.

Despite the opposition to the couple's relationship, they do have supporters in the community - including Dayton Chavez, the father to two of Monica's sons Moses, nine, and Joseph, 12.

Mares is now not allowed to have contact with Peterson or two of her teenage children.

'It is every bit worth it, ' Mares told the Mail.

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