South Carolina father and daughter, James Travis Brown and Katlyn Lauren Edwards arrested on incest charges following death of newborn baby.
A father and daughter in South Carolina face incest charges after the death of their newborn baby.
The couple’s arrest follows Laurens County deputies saying Katlyn Lauren Edwards giving birth to a child after ‘becoming impregnated by her biological father’.
Upon being born, FOX Carolina reported the child dying shortly after at a medical facility in Charleston in October.
During the investigation into the child’s death, deputies discovered Edwards and her father, James Travis Brown, having been in a consensual and mutual relationship.
Investigators said both parties agreed they were in a relationship and investigators say they found further evidence to support that claim.
Edwards was arrested on October 22 and taken to the Johnson Detention Center where she was booked on the charge of incest.
The police did not release details of their ages or whether James Travis Brown had a wife or other children.
Brown is currently incarcerated in another county on unrelated charges. However he will be transferred to Laurens County to face the same incest charges after his release for the unrelated charges.
It is not known what age the infant was or whether the cause of death was related to the parents being related.
Told Laurens County sheriff Don Reynolds in a statement: ‘It is beyond my comprehension how this could take place between a father and daughter.
‘At this time, I can’t confirm the baby died from complications related to incest, however we wonder if that’s the case.
‘We are working with medical professionals and the Solicitors Office regarding that aspect of the investigation and will update everyone if there are any additional charges.’
Unclear is when father and daughter first became physically involved with each other and whether they had been openly cohabitating as a couple.