LAKE COUNTY, Florida – A Florida woman is accused of having an incestuous relationship with her brother after she gave birth to a baby with several medical conditions whose genetic test results indicated that the baby’s father was a close relative of the mother.
After 33-year-old Pauline Elizabeth Martin of Groveland, Florida gave birth on November 21st, the baby was quickly transferred to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Children due to several medical conditions.
Hospital workers later contacted the Florida Department of Children and Families due to the genetic test results and also because Martin did not fill out the father’s information on her Medicaid application, did not obtain a birth certificate, and did not obtain a social security card for the baby.
When a DCF worker and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies interviewed Martin, she allegedly admitted that she had been in a five-year-long sexual relationship with her brother.
When Martin was interviewed by a detective at a McDonald’s where she worked, she allegedly said that she was going to end the relationship with her brother because it was wrong, but also admitted to having sexual intercourse with her brother the day before the interview.
Martin was then arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail.
According to Lake County Clerk of Court records, she has been charged with incest and resisting arrest without violence. Her bond was set at $3,000.
Incest is a third-degree felony in Florida that carries a punishment of up to 5 years in prison.