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Mother And Married Son Arrested For Incest (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani
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Police arrested a North Carolina mother on Sept. 7 and her son on Sept. 8 for incest after they reportedly had sex in August.

Melissa Kitchens, 44, and her son, Shaun Thomas Pfeiffer, 25, both face felony charges, reports the Daily Mail.

Pfeiffer is also being charged with indecent liberties with a child, communicating threats and being intoxicated and disruptive.

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While it is unclear whether Kitchens is single, it appears her son is married with a toddler son of his own, and that his wife, Shannon Roman, may have known about and forgiven the affair.

"When you truly care for someone, their mistakes never change your feelings because it's the mind that gets angry but the heart still cares," reads a Facebook post Roman posted in August, with some believing she is alluding to her husband.

To some, other social media posts reflect the attraction the mother -- who is allegedly a church-attending Christian, sharing quotes from megachurch pastor Joel Osteen -- reportedly felt for her son.

"Can't get over how handsome you are and I'm about to cry," Kitchens wrote on a photo of her son and his child, later referring to possible family conflicts by adding, "Just trying To Brighten The Mood---- Things are Very Stressful and I Love You and I Respect Any Decision--- As Long as your Happy and Safe.......... I miss you& wish I had more time w you...... Your Very Valuable and Hopefully The Stresses---- Will get better."

Pfeiffer is in jail in lieu of $70,500 bail and Kitchens is being held on $30,000, with court dates scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30, respectively.

It's not the first incestuous relationship that has captured national attention in September, StoryPick reports.

New Mexico mother Monica Mares, 36, reportedly entered a romantic relationship with her 19-year-old son, Caleb Peterson, whom she gave up for adoption when she was a teenager.

The two reunited as mother and son when Peterson was 18. Their relationship soon turned romantic.

Although they are now facing legal consequences, they have no regrets. Instead, they are trying to use their situation to raise awareness of genetic sexual attraction relationships.

"If they lock me up for love then they lock me up," said Mares, who has eight other children. "There is no way anyone could pull us apart, and I really do love him."

Sources: Daily Mail, StoryPick / Photo credit: Facebook/Melissa Kitchens, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office via Daily MailStoryPick

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