Paternal grandmother had custody of child killed in Knightdale incest case

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Steven and Katie Pladl came to the attention of Knightdale police on January 4, when a detective with the Henrico County, Va., police notified the department about warrants involving incest.

Law enforcement officials in three states are working to untangle the chain of events that led to the deaths of four people, among them a seven-month-old boy. Inside a pickup truck with the window shot out, police found the bodies of Katie Pladl and her adoptive father, Anthony Fusco, 56. According to Lieutenant Larry Ash, spokesperson for New Milford Police, they found the murder suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The wife also said that she learned her daughter was pregnant and that Steven was the father in May 2017 after reading one of her other children's journal.

In July 2017, the pair "got married" and shared photographs of their lakeside union on social media. Dad says they feel like couples.

Because Pladl had no where to stay in the Richmond area, a Henrico judge amended the original order to allow Pladl to return to North Carolina pending trial to live with his mother. Katie was also released from jail after posting a bond.

Shirley Mann watched Katie, who she called a "beautiful young girl" grow up in Wingdale, New York and was close friends with Katie's adoptive parents.

Court records show that Steven Pladl had told his wife a year ago that he had impregnated his daughter and that they planned to marry.

"This is a awful tragedy that nobody foresaw".




The attorney said Steven Pladl "took his own life". "We are all heartbroken". "I waited 18 long years to have a relationship with my daughter - and now he's completely destroyed it". She said she believed Steven brainwashed and manipulated Katie.

Katie Pladl was born to her mother and Steven Pladl in 1998 and was adopted by a family out of state.

2015: Katie sends a casual message to Alyssa on Facebook, but she disregards it. Alyssa, after all, doesn't know her adoptive name.

Steven was released on bond and ordered to remain in Virginia pending trial and to make no contact with Katie. Steven and Alyssa realize who she was. How do you punish a biological parent? He and his wife separated in November 2016. Alyssa leaves the house, and Steven starts sleeping on the floor of Katie's room. Pladl had told his then-wife past year that he had impregnated their daughter and planned to marry her. Authorities interview the estranged couple's two remaining daughters. Katie's adoptive parents and Steven's mother attend the lakeside ceremony. Katie gave birth to their son in September.

"Steven and Katie Pladl at one time lived in that home on Earlson Court after moving to Knightdale from Virginia". Katie has full custody of their son.

Capps said it was Steven Pladl's mother who called police Thursday morning and requested the welfare check on the infant.

It is unclear when 7-month-old Bennett Pladl was killed.

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