Katie Pladl, Adoptive Father, Infant And Father Steven Pladl Found Dead In Murder-Suicide

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UPDATE: Thursday, Steven Pladl‘s mother called 911 for authorities to conduct a welfare check on his home in Knightdale, North Carolina, the Daily News reported. An infant was found dead at the home.

Katie Pladl and her adoptive father, Anthony Fusco, 56, were later found dead in a pickup truck in New Milford, Connecticut, police said.


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Steven Pladl reportedly drove to New York where he committed suicide, according to his attorney.

(UPDATE 4/12) An infant was found dead inside the NC home address listed on arrest warrants for Henrico father, Steven Pladl, and daughter, Katie Rose Pladl. The couple was accused of incest in early February.

Thursday, an infant was found dead inside the North Carolina home around 9 a.m., after police responded to a welfare check. The scene is blocked off with crime scene tape, according to local reports, and there are at least five police vehicles on scene. Earlston Court, which is in the Carrington Woods subdivision of North Carolina, is completely blocked off.

“Right now, our priority is crime scene preservation and evidence collection,” said Police Chief Lawrence Capps. “We will provide additional details as they become available to us.”


(ORIGINAL STORY) A North Carolina biological father and daughter are under arrested and charged with several felonies after police say they hatched a plot to get hitch after the girl became pregnant.

Steven Pladl‘s wife, who has not been named, told police that her biological daughter, Katie Rose Pladl, unexpectedly returned home after the couple gave her up for adoption way back in 1988. After searching for and locating her biological parents, Katie promptly moved back home.

Three months later, Pladl and his wife got legally separated after he developed a pattern of sleeping “on the floor” in his reunited daughter’s room.

Steven told his other children they should start referring to Katie as their “step-mom”.

In May 2017, Katie and her father moved to Knightdale, N.C. Around the same time, the wife read one of her children’s journals that indicated Katie was pregnant by her own father.

According to a police warrant, Pladl apparently told his other children to call Katie “stepmom” and admitted to his estranged wife that not only was he the father of his daughter’s baby, but that he planned to marry her. A recently-revealed Snapchat photo that made its way to an Instagram account, shows what appears to be dad and daughter in front of a pond, kissing. The female in the photo, reportedly Katie, looks visibly pregnant.source

After an in-depth investigation, authorities obtained arrest warrants for both Katie and her father. When police arrested father and daughter, a baby boy, born in Sept. 2017, was with them. Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

It’s unclear where authorities took the infant after his parents’ arrest.

Katie and Steven Pladl are charged with contributing to delinquency of a minor, incest with adult, and adultery. Bond for each suspect was set at $1 million. Steven Pladl has since made bond, but Katie Pladl remains behind bars.

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