A New Mexico mother and child have been arrested by police in the state and will stand trial on incest charges later this year.
According to DailyMail, if found guilty, they could be sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Monica Mares, 36, and her 19-year-old son Caleb Peterson have decided to go public with their affair in order to raise awareness of Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) and make it legal for them to have a sexual relationship.
Mares who gave Peterson up for adoption after she gave birth to him at 16, said they started having feelings each other after they met last christmas.
Mares picked him up at his adoptive father’s house in Texas and brought him to her home after the pair got in touch over Facebook.
‘The first time I met my son in person I was so happy and excited I gave him a big hug. I went to go pick him up at his dad’s house in Texas,” Mares told DailyMail.
He gave me a call and asked me to pick him up, I got butterflies in my stomach. I met him outside and I knew it was him when he came towards me. He was crying and he gave me a hug.
It was almost love at first sight but first it was mother love. He gave me a mother hug. He came home in the truck and came to live with me and we were both happy as mother and son.
He is the love of my life and I don’t want to lose him. My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us not courts, or jail, nothing. I have to be with him. When I get out of prison I will move out of Clovis to a state that allows us to be together.
The first time we were physical we ended up holding hands, and then we ended up kissing – and the kissing led to other things. I felt comfortable with him and we fell even more deeply in love,” Mares said.
Caleb who moved in with her said he fell in love with her in part because she looked after him.
“I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything. I never got anything my entire life and she went out of her way to make me happy. After about a week or so I started having feelings for her, and I guess I fell in love,” Caleb said.
Mares said that at first nothing happened but she then started getting these ‘crazy’ feelings.
“It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him. At first I told him, ‘I’m sorry I don’t know how you are going to react to this. I’m your mom and you’re my son, but I’m falling in love with you’.
‘And he said: ‘You know what? I am too. I was scared to let you know’. He was falling in love with his mom and I was falling in love with my son.
‘We talked about it and we took off to the park. I said, ‘Would you ever date your mom?’ And he said: ‘would you ever date your son?’ And I said, ‘Honest truth yes I would’.
The duo lived together in Mares’ mobile home with her two youngest childrenUriah and Joseph – keeping their relationship a secret from the world. DailyMail reports that Mares’ youngest son even began calling Peterson ‘dad’.
Mares has said she is willing to give up seeing her two other children to be with her son, turned lover.
Police found out about the affair during a call over a quarrel between the family and some neighbors.
They were charged with incest – a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico – and arraigned in court in April. The duo will now face a trial in September.
Currently Mares is not allowed to see any of her children or have any contact at all with Peterson.
The couple have vowed to fight for their right to have a sexual relationship and are appealing to the public to donate to their legal fund.