In early March, Police in Napa, California served a search warrant on a local hotel where they found the 32-year-old Mistie Atkinson and her now 16-year-old son according to the New York Daily News
Atkinson a resident of Lake County, is charged with incest, oral copulation with a minor, contact with a minor for a sexual offense and sending harmful material to the 16-year-old. According to the Napa Valley Register
the police filed paperwork with the court alleging that videos retrieved from the cellphone of Atkinson's son apparently shows her performing oral sex on him, the videos are dated February 3rd and 4th.
Mistie Atkinson has plead not guilty.
According to the Register, the police state that both Mistie and her unnamed son are aware that they are mother and son. Atkinson is also accused of sending nude pictures of herself to her son's cellphone in late December of 2011, as well as sexually explicit text messages. Court records further allege the two discussed running away together.
The Daily News reported that Atkinson has a prior arrest for domestic battery just one month before sending the alleged nude pictures of herself. The arrest follows other domestic violence calls at the Nice residence Atkinson shares with her boyfriend.
Mistie Atkinson is due back in court on May 10th, the Register has reported that her son's father (who has full custody) has obtained a restraining order.
She is currently housed at the Napa County Jail in default of $200,000 bail.
The Daily Mail
reported on a Michigan case from 2009, where Aimee Louise Sword tracked down a son she had given up for adoption and began a sexual relationship with him for several months until his legal guardians discovered it. Sword plead guilty and is serving 9-years in prison.
In some instances incest has been considered the symptoms of a mental disorder, called Genetic sexual attraction
according to a 2003 report from The Guardian, Dr. Maurice Greenberg of University College in London studied forty cases of incestuous relationships. He found in his study that at times an emotional reunion can lead to sex, even if it is between family members. "The sudden, overwhelming sense of falling in love, a profound need for unusual closeness and intimacy, was almost universal. As adults, we have very limited abilities for communicating such intense feelings, and sometimes sex becomes the only familiar means." Dr. Greenberg was quoted as saying.