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Named in honor of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, the Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it. Next


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(November 1999, California) The Darwin Hall of Shame Award goes to an Antioch mother and son allegedly involved in an incestuous relationship. The couple has a 22-month-old daughter, and the woman is pregnant with their second child. The 43-year-old woman and her 23-year-old son have apparently been romantically involved for several years.

Authorities became aware of the relationship when the woman's 10-year-old daughter told school officials she didn't want to live at home anymore because her mother wanted her to call her brother Daddy. [eww!]

The woman told police that her live-in lover was not her son, but birth certificates confirmed the relation. Officials are pursuing the case because of the elevated potential for genetic disorders in the offspring of blood relatives.

"They're having children, and it looks like they're not going to quit anytime soon," said the Deputy District Attorney who filed charges of felony incest. "That put me over the edge."

Darwin asks a geneticist to volunteer
to write the FAQs on consanguinity. 1994 - 2007

Submitted by: Sixcats

Reference: San Francisco Bay Area Papers and Radios
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