Incest couple, baby killed in murder-suicide

- A man who had been accused of marrying and having a child with his biological daughter killed her, the baby, and the woman's adoptive father before fatally shooting himself in his vehicle, officials said on Thursday.

Steven Pladl was found dead in his vehicle in Dover, N.Y., several miles from the New Milford, Conn., murder scene of his daughter, Katie, and her adoptive father.

Those deaths came after Pladl reportedly killed his 7-month-old child in a North Carolina home. Katie and Steven reportedly lived in the home before authorities discovered their incestuous relationship.

According to Knightdale, North Carolina, police, Katie Rose Dladl and Steven Walter Pladl were charged with incest after Katie gave birth to Bennett Pladl in September 2017.

A judge ordered Steven to stay in a North Carolina residence while Katie was told to live in Dover with Anthony and Kelly Fusco, her adoptive parents.

At around 9 a.m. Thursday, Knightdale Police performed a welfare check at Steven's house and found the body of the 7-month-old baby.

570 miles away in New Milford, police received a call about a shooting. Police found the bodies of Anthony Fusco and Katie Pladl inside a pickup truck.

Witnesses said the bullets came from a blue Honda Odyssey, which was found several miles away in New York with Steven Pladl's body inside.


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