Trial postponed for New Mexico mom in son incest case

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CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) – The trial of a New Mexico mother facing charges for having an incestuous relationship with her 19-year-old son has been postponed.

The Clovis News Journal reports the case against Monica Mares has been moved to late October. The trial originally was scheduled to start Thursday.

The 36-year-old Mares and her son, Caleb Peterson, made international headlines following a recent interview with the British paper the Daily Mail. They told the newspaper they made their relationship public to raise awareness about “Genetic Sexual Attraction.”

The mother and son are scheduled to face separate jury trials on one count each of incest.

The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Both have declined to give interviews with New Mexico media outlets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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