The northern California mom accused of having sex with her teen son had been estranged from the boy almost his entire life when she hunted him down on Facebook last year, a law enforcement source told the New York Daily News.
"It appears she hadn't had any contact with the son for 15 years, and now he's 16," the source told The News. "She contacted him late last year via Facebook and was sending him messages inappropriately," the source said.
Police in Napa, Calif., were serving a search warrant in early March when they found Mistie Atkinson, 32, and the son in a hotel room, authorities said.
She was arrested and charged with four felonies including incest, oral copulation with a minor and contacting a minor for sex using electronic communication.
The fourth charge involves Atkinson sending naked photos to the teen, a prosecution source told The News. Atkinson has pleaded not guilty and faces up to five years in jail if convicted. She is due back in court May 10.
Napa police said in a court filing that videos taken from the teen's phone show Atkinson and the boy engaging in sexual conduct. The videos were dated Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, the paper said.
"Atkinson and the victim are aware they are biological mother and son," police said in a court affidavit.
Atkinson has a history of contact with cops, including multiple domestic violence calls involving the residence in Nice, Calif., she shares with a boyfriend, police said.
She was arrested for domestic battery Nov. 27, police said.
"That appears to be the start of her spiral," the law enforcement source said, linking the arrest to her pursuit of the teen.
The father of the boy, who has full custody, has obtained a restraining order against Atkinson, the Napa Valley Register reported.
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