Patricia Ann Spann reunited with her daughter, one of the three children she lost custody of earlier in life, in 2014. She and her Misty Velvet Dawn Spann “hit it off,” reported New York Daily News. In fact, they “hit it off” so well that they married each other.
On Tuesday, 26-year-old Misty pleaded guilty to incest. She was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to get counseling, according to The Oklahoman.
She and her mom Patricia, 44, married in Lawton, Oklahoma in March 2016. Department of Human Services investigators discovered the illegal relationship in August 2016 while investigating the children who were inside the Spanns’ home. In Oklahoma, incest is a felony. Patricia has pleaded not guilty to incest, and her case has been delayed until January.
The two are no longer married. Their marriage was annulled last month after a judge declared that Patricia influenced her daughter "by fraud to enter the marriage."
“Misty and Patricia told me they got married to basically defraud the state in order to receive more benefits under health care. That sort of thing,” Detective Justin Smith told KOCO 5 News. Misty and Patricia were also trying to adopt a child, and they thought tying the knot might help that process, he added.
"Why she chose her daughter, I’m not sure,” Smith said.
Patricia told the Oklahoma Department of Human Services that she assumed the marriage wasn’t breaking any laws "because her name was no longer listed on Misty's birth certificate.” But, the mother did use a fake name on their marriage certificate, just in case.
This wasn’t the first time Patricia married one of her children. She married a son in 2008, according to police, and their marriage was annulled in 2010 after her son described it as incest. According to local reports, Patricia allegedly married her son because he was in the military, and she wanted to prevent him from going overseas.
[Photo: Facebook, Stephens County Jail]