Dad in incest case killed daughter, infant son and adoptive father

Apr 14, 2018, 13:47
Dad in incest case killed daughter, infant son and adoptive father

In a 911 call obtained by WNCN, in Raleigh, the mother of Steven Pladl, 42, said her son admitted to killing 20-year-old Katie Pladl and the couple's 7-month-old son, Bennett. Steven Pladl's bond conditions also prevented him from living in the North Carolina home he shared with his daughter.

Steven Pladl and his ex-wife, Katie's birth mother Alyssa, gave her up for adoption shortly after she was born in 1998. Responding officers found Bennett's body inside that home.

Police in New Milford, Conn., said Steven Walter Pladl pulled his minivan up next to another vehicle occupied by Katie Rose Pladl, 20, and Anthony Fusco, 56, and fired multiple rounds from an AR-15 style rifle, hitting both victims in the head and chest. Their suspected killer was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 16 miles away, in Dover, N.Y.

So police were ready below to catch the girl when the angered father carried out his threat, swinging the girl by her leg over the edge. She was adopted by another family and lived out of state.

"Oh God, he told me to call the police and I shouldn't go over there", Pladl's mother can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher in a recording of the call posted by broadcaster WTVR.

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Last January the father and daughter were arrested in Virginia and charged with incest.

In March 2017, Steven presented Alyssa with the journal and said the 11-year-old was "acting out".

Authorities took out search warrants January 31 seeking DNA samples from Steven and Katie Pladl and from the boy believed to be their infant son.

"And he. he said he killed his wife, he killed her father". Pladl's mother said he was upset because the woman had broken up with him.

"There are no words to describe the sense of betrayal and disgust I'm feeling", she told DailyMailTV.

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The killings set off a multistate investigation during which police attempted to find connections and understand why Thursday ended in tragedy, Knightdale police chief Capps said.

Virginia attorney Rick Friedman, who had been representing Pladl in the felony incest case, said he had had breakfast with his client only a month ago and had no indication that such violence was possible. She moved into her father's home, and the two soon began a sexual relationship.

Alyssa later took out protective orders against Steven, so he could not go near her or their two younger daughters.

The 911 call came shortly after witnesses in rural western CT reported hearing what sounded like semi-automatic gunfire Thursday morning. "He said he was going to bring the baby to her and then he's coming back".

Port Elizabeth police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said social workers would be called in. Over the course of the day, Steven Pladl was also located, Capps said. After the gruesome murders, he drove across the state line to Dover, New York, where he ultimately killed himself. "Events like this are not common in our community".

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