Trial dates approach for mother, son charged with incest

Published: Aug. 10, 2016 at 7:33 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2016 at 8:28 PM CDT
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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP/KFDA) - Jury trials are scheduled for a New Mexico mother and her 19-year-old son who were charged with incest after the teen told authorities the two were involved in a romantic relationship.

Online court records show a trial for 36-year-old Monica Mares is scheduled to begin Aug. 25. - five months after a grand jury indicted her and her son Caleb Peterson on one count each of incest.

Peterson's trial is scheduled to begin next month.

Citing court records, the Clovis News-Journal reports Mares gave up Peterson for adoption when he was an infant, and the mother and son reunited recently. The son moved into his mother's home in Clovis before authorities say the relationship became romantic and sexual in nature.

The two recently shared their story with the Daily Mail.

"He is the love of my life and I don't want to lose him," Mares told the tabloid. "My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us. Not courts, or jail, nothing."

Mares was 16 when she put Peterson up for adoption.

Currently, the two are banned from seeing each other by court order, and Mares is free on bond. They face three years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

Mares is allowed to see her two youngest children, ages 5 and 6. There are varying reports on how many children she has.

Police learned of the incestual relationship after responding to a domestic dispute in Mares' neighborhood.

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