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Santa Ana mother charged with having sex with boy, 15, who fathered her child

March 24, 2010 |  8:12 pm

A Santa Ana mother was charged Wednesday with having sex with a 15-year-old boy who fathered her child.

Debra Ayala Tapia, 38, was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child, two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16 and two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

Tapia lived near the boy and his family and allegedly invited him to her house and engaged in a sexual relationship that lasted from February to November 2009, the district attorney said.

The boy allegedly visited the home about twice a week. At the time, Tapia had three children, the district attorney said.

The boy's mother became suspicious after finding suggestive notes between the two, according to the district attorney. The boy allegedly admitted having an affair with Tapia.

The mother of the alleged victim sought a paternity test, which determined that Tapia's fourth child was fathered by the boy, the district attorney said.

The mother reported the case March 14 to the Santa Ana Police Department, which arrested Tapia on Tuesday.

If convicted on all counts, Tapia could serve up to seven years and eight months in state prison. She was released on $100,000 bail.

The district attorney said no arraignment date had been set.

-- Robert J. Lopez