A mother and son from Clovis, New Mexico, are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their love alive, even if it means going to jail — and no, we’re not talking the natural love a parent has for their child.
Since late last year, Monica Mares, 36, and her oldest son, 19-year-old Caleb Peterson, have been fulfilling their Genetic Sexual Attraction, or GSA, with one another, which is an incestuous relationship between close relatives.
Sitting down with the Daily Mail, Mares explained that she gave birth to Caleb, then named Carlos, when she just 16-years-old, and was in no shape to raise a child. Last Christmas, the two reunited for the first time and instantly bonded.
“The first time I met my son in person, I was so happy and excited,” Mares stated. “I went to go pick him up at his dad’s house in Texas. He gave me a call and asked me to pick him up, [and] I got butterflies in my stomach.”
That same night, Monica says that Caleb came to live with her and her other children in Clovis, full time. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred at first, but as time passed, Mares said she began to have some “crazy feelings” about her son.
“It felt like I met somebody new in my life and I fell in love with him,” she explained. “I told him, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know how you are going to react to this. I’m your mom and you’re my son, but I’m falling in love with you.'”
Surprisingly, Caleb revealed that he felt the same exact way.
“I never had anyone cook me meals or give me anything,” he relayed to the Daily Mail. “I never got anything my entire life, and she went out of her way to make me happy. After about a week [of living in Clovis with her], I started having feelings for her, and I guess I fell in love.”
Peterson also admits that he was the one to make the first move.
“We were hanging out, just talking, and I looked at her and she looked at me and I kissed her. It was a real kiss — it had feelings behind it. There was a spark that [has] stayed ever since.”
The two then began a relationship, which ultimately led to Mares’ youngest son (and Caleb’s half-brother) referring to the 19-year-old as “dad.” They managed to keep things discreet in their Clovis, New Mexico, mobile park until an altercation between their family and a neighbor outed their love affair this past February. The two were charged with incest, a fourth-degree felony in the state, and were ordered to stay away from one another. However, during an April court arraignment, it was discovered that they failed to do so.
Monica and Caleb were then arrested but subsequently released on $5,000 bond. They have not seen other since, and Mares has additionally been ordered not to have contact with any of other children. Nonetheless, she says that she plans to reunite with her “true love” as soon as she is possibly able.
“If they [want] lock me up for love, then they lock me up,” Monica remarked. “There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him.”
Caleb says he feels just as strongly and is looking to depart Clovis with his mother-lover as soon as he can.
“Sometimes we have to make life decisions that change and affect everything,” he said. “When it comes down to it, it’s worth it.”
“If I had to choose between my son and all my other kids,” Monica added. “I’d choose him.”
The couple is due back in a Clovis, New Mexico, court this September. If found guilty, Mares and Peterson face up to 18 months in prison.
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