And then authorities revealed the identity of Patricia Spann’s ex-husband: Her son.
Here are five things to know about the case.
1. Patricia ‘Hit It Off’ with Her Estranged Daughter After the Two Reunited, Police Say
Patricia allegedly told investigators she lost custody years ago of daughter Misty Spann, who she gave birth to when she was 17, and her other two children, but reunited with them in 2014, arrest records show.
The three children were adopted by their paternal grandmother, according to police.
Spann allegedly told police that she and her daughter “hit it off” after their reunion, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by PEOPLE.
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2. Police Learned of the Marriage During a Child Welfare Investigation
The marriage was discovered last month as authorities investigated a child welfare complaint, according to police.
The mother and daughter managed to secure a marriage license last March, and married not long after. Records show there were at least two witnesses to the nuptials.
Under Oklahoma law, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether the relationship is sexual or not. If convicted, both women could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
3. Patricia Married Her Son in 2008
Patricia Spann also married her son, Jody Spann Jr., back in 2008, but that marriage was annulled in 2010.
“He filed for an annulment 15 months later citing incest, stating he was married to his birth mother,” a court affidavit states.
Patricia allegedly told investigators she did not have a sexual relationship with her son, and that the marriage occurred so he wouldn’t be “deployed with the military. She says she married her daughter in hopes of adopting a child.”
4. Police Allege Patricia Told Them She Was Under Impression Marriage Was Lawful
According to investigators, Patricia told officials she had “looked into it” and didn’t think she was breaking any laws by marrying her daughter.
She allegedly claimed she thought she could legally marry Misty because her name is no longer listed on her daughter’s birth certificate.
5. Police Say Patricia’s Son Might Not Have Been Aware He’d Married His Mother
Both Patricia and Misty “are aware of their biological relationship, and have considered getting the marriage annulled,” according to an arrest affidavit.
“The daughter knew for a fact” she was marrying her own mother, a police spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
“She was perfectly aware,” the spokesperson adds. “The son, we’re not too clear on. But the daughter we know for a fact that she knew.”
Patricia and Misty have not entered pleas to the charges against them and neither has an attorney who could comment on their behalf. Both women are being held in the Stephens County Jail on $10,000 bail.