Incest In America: The Next Taboo To Fall

Melissa Nell Kitchens and her son, Shaun Thomas Pfeiffer

Police in Asheville, North Carolina, arrested a 45-year-old woman and charged her with having an illegal sexual relationship with her own 25-year-old son.

Melissa Nell Kitchens was accused of having a sexual relationship with her son, Shaun Thomas Pfeiffer, Buncombe County police told the New York Daily News.

The pair face felony incest charges which bring a maximum sentence of three years in jail.

Pfeiffer is also reportedly facing additional charges of taking indecent liberties with a child as well as communicating threats and drunk and disorderly conduct. He is being held on a $70,500 bond.

The man is also married and the father of a toddler. It is not known if the child-abuse charges are in connection with his child.

Pfeiffer’s mother, “Missy” Kitchens, recently gave a hint of possible turmoil with her son with a Facebook posting saying she “respected” whatever decision he makes regarding their relationship.

Melissa Nell Kitchens (Facebook)

Melissa Nell Kitchens (Facebook)

Kitchens is being held on a $30,000 bond.

It’s not the only recent incest charge.

In New Mexico, Monica Mares recently rediscovered the son she put up for adoption 19 years ago, but instead of rekindling a typical mother-son relationship, she allegedly initiated a sexual relationship. The pair face up to 18 months in prison if convicted and have courts dates later this month.

In Oklahoma, investigators arrested Patricia Spann, 43, and Misty Spann, 25, mother and daughter. The pair were married in March 2016, court records show.

Misty and her brothers were raised by their grandparents and was reunited with her biological mother two years ago. According to Patricia Spann, the pair “hit it off” and got married. In 2008 she married one of her sons. That marriage was annulled in 2010.

Patricia and Misty Spann

Patricia and Misty Spann

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