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Man arrested after baby was born with rare blood disorder due to parents’ incest relationship

By Mason White 6:18 PM September 4, 2014
Steven DeMaranville 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
A man is facing charges of incest, rape and sodomy after he impregnated his underage family member.

Prosecutors have charged the man with incest after his baby was found to have a rare disorder that occurs when parents have similar genes.

36-year-old Steven DeMaranville of Springfield, Missouri, was accused of impregnating his relative, who is under 17 years old.

According to police, officers were called to investigate after a 2-month-old child was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, a type of blood disorder that is usually the result of incest.

The disease attacks the immune system and is treated by chemotherapy and steroids among other drugs.

Police said that the mother initially claimed that the father was a “friend who had moved out of town.” However, after having genetic testing done, and it was determined that the teen had sex with a family member.

She finally admitted that DeMaranville was the father. DeMaranville was booked into the Greene County Jail, with bail set at $25,000.