Monica Mares was 16 when she gave up her newborn son, Caleb Peterson, for adoption.
After about 19 years, she reconnected with him on Facebook and even had the chance to meet him in person.
Up until this part of the story, I’m sure you thought this was another heartwarming story of family members reuniting with each other.
This particular relationship between Monica and Caleb, however, is very different.
It turned out that the reunion sparked an intense romantic feelings between Monica and Caleb.
The couple, who reside in New Mexico, was soon arrested and charged with incest.
At that time, they were released on $5000 bond. Soon, the couple will face a trial by jury.
Until then, Monica and Caleb live separately and are legally banned from contacting each other.
Even though rules on such sexual relationship vary, incest is a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico. If convicted, Monica and Caleb would face up to 18 months in prison.
What’s surprising is that such cases are not that unique.
In fact, there were others arrested and tried for similar charges in the past – such as Kim West and Ben Ford.
And, here’s the other shocking element to the story: Monica and Caleb argues that this attraction might be due to scientific reasons.