- Father, 36, and a daughter, 18, have revealed their incestuous relationship
- Daughter gave birth to their child but the newborn girl is in state care
- Came after claims of abuse in the father’s relationship with his ex-wife
- But pair say they should be allowed to bring up the baby girl together
A father and his teenage daughter in Spain have revealed they are in an incestuous relationship after authorities took their newborn baby into care.
The 36-year-old father, only named as Cris, and the 18-year-old daughter known as Sara, from Mallorca, insist they are in a loving relationship and should be allowed to bring up the girl, who is also the man’s granddaughter.
Incest is not against the law in Spain as long as it is between two consenting adults.
But temporary custody of the child has been awarded to the state over concerns about the father’s abusive relationship with his ex-wife, who is his daughter’s mother.
Now the couple have gone public with their relationship and hope that they can have their baby returned to their care.
Speaking about how their relationship started, Cris told local newspaper, Cronica Balear: ‘Our relationship started like they all do, with flirting, getting along and then trust.
‘We may be father and daughter but she has never seen me as a parent because I am much more like a friend than a father figure.’
Before their baby was born, the daughter Sara, was allegedly told she would either have to give the child up for adoption or move away and raise the newborn alone.
She says she has had plenty of experience with children having helped to raise her four younger siblings.
However, within hours of giving birth, the baby was taken into care of the state.
Sara told the paper: ‘My relationship may be unusual but it would be worse for a child to be given up for adoption or grow up in a centre.
‘People say (the relationship) is wrong, well I respect their opinion but I do not care.’