A 14-year old has become the youngest person to be charged with the rape of his own mother.
The offence is alleged to have taken place at their family home in Blackpool.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
The offence is said to have taken place last weekend.
His case was adjudged a “grave crime” and will be heard at Preston Crown Court at a future date.
The previous youngest to face the same charge appeared in court at Swansea in 2004 at the age of 15.