Infant found dead at accused incest couple's address

Shooting related to incest case

Infant found dead at accused incest couple's address

Police were searching for Steven Pladl's vehicle, a Honda minivan, when he was found dead inside it several miles away in Dover, New York.

Steven Pladl allegedly killed his daughter, their child produced from an incestuous relationship and his daughter's adoptive father before fatally shooting himself, officials said on Thursday. His biological daughter, 20-year-old Katie Pladl, and her adoptive father were found shot to death in the adoptive father's pickup truck in Gaylordsville.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire around 8:40 a.m.in New Milford, Conn. found the victims inside the truck with a window shot out at an intersection on Route 7, New Milford Police Lt. Lawrence Ash said.

Multiple news sources, including WTNH, have quoted police as saying that the body of Stephen Pladl, of Knightdale, NC, was found in his vehicle in Dover as a result of an apparent suicide. As a condition of his bond, he could no longer reside at the 106 Earlston Court home he shared with Katie, where the infant was found dead Thursday.

In that call, Steven's mother told the dispatcher her son had killed the baby.

Throughout the time the capturing was reported, police in Knightdale found the physique of the kid, Bennett Pladl.

"His wife broke up with him over the phone yesterday." the caller continued.

"My understanding is that when Katie Pladl and Steven Pladl were arrested, that my client's mother moved into that house to take care of their biological son", said Rick A. Friedman II, the Chesterfield defense attorney who has represented Steven. "This is a tragedy for everyone involved", Steven Pladl's attorney said.

Katie had been put up for adoption shortly after she was born, but chose to look up her birth parents on social media after she turned 18. The baby was born in September 2017.

They were located in January 2018 in Kightdale, N.C. and taken into custody. The affidavit in a protective order shows the girl's mother Alyssa, who is also Katie's mother, discovered the journal and turned it over to police.

Before Katie moved into Alyssa and Steven's Henrico home, she lived in NY with her adoptive parents, Kelly and Anthony Fusco. The conditions of her release were that she must reside with her adoptive parents, who live in NY, but she was allowed to travel outside of the state. In August 2016, she moved in with her biological parents and their two other children.

"He left the baby dead", the caller said.

On March 16, Pladl, who was released on an amended bond by Henrico County Judge Stewart Williams, was not allowed contact with Katie Pladl or his two children, who live in Henrico. Warrants said the two young children were told by Steven to refer to Katie as stepmom, even though she's actually their sister.

They were both charged with incest, adultery, and contributing to delinquency and bonded out of jail. "She's in NY and he told me he was on his way and after bringing the baby to her and then he was coming back".

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