Dad gets daughter pregnant, both arrested for incest after newborn dies from medical complications
20-year-old Katlyn Lauren Edward and 38-year-old James Travis Brown were reportedly engaged in a consensual, incestuous relationship.
A South Carolina father and his daughter have been arrested by the Laurens County Sheriff's Department after it emerged that the pair had engaged in a consensual, incestuous relationship that resulted in the daughter giving birth to their baby. 20-year-old Katlyn Lauren Edwards was booked on charges of incest while her father, 38-year-old James Travis Brown is currently already incarcerated in another county on unrelated charges and is expected to face charges in Laurens County upon release.
According to a press release by the Laurens County Sheriff's Department, investigators learned that Edwards had "given birth to a child after being impregnated by her biological father" after receiving an Intake report from South Carolina's department of social services regarding an alleged sexual abuse incident.
It was also uncovered that the 20-year-old was in a consensual sexual relationship with her father when she became pregnant. However, the child reportedly died at a medical facility in Charleston, South Carolina after birth. Sheriff Don Reynolds stated in the release that he "can't confirm the baby died from complications related to incest" but that "we wonder if that's the case."
Edwards was subsequently arrested on October 22 and booked into the Johnson Detention Center on charges of incest. As stated previously, her father is already behind bars on charges that remain unclear but will be slapped with the incest charges when he's released after completing his term.
People reported that the sheriff's office did not offer any additional information on the bizarre case. The site also cited an administrative assistant at the Laurens County solicitor's office stating that neither suspect had entered a plea. It is also not known whether either father or daughter have retained legal counsel to represent them in the case.
Expressing his shock at the findings, Reynolds said in the press release, "It is beyond my comprehension how this could take place between a father and daughter." He said that his team was working closely with medical professionals and the Solicitor's Office to uncover whether the infant's death was indeed related to complications stemming from incest and that the public would be updated if any additional charges were brought against the father-daughter duo.
At the time of writing, the solicitor's office had not yet gotten the case for prosecution.