KNIGHTDALE, N.C. — A North Carolina man who was accused of committing incest with his adult daughter killed the young woman, their baby and himself on Thursday.
Steven Pladl, 42, was to have appeared in court on April 23 to face the felony charge. He and 20-year-old Katie Fusco had been arrested in January after officials learned that the two had a baby together and were “married.” Police took DNA samples from all three under a search warrant.
According the reports, Fusco had been placed up for adoption by the Pladls as an infant, but when she turned 18, she contacted her biological parents and said that she would like to connect with them. Fusco moved into their Virginia home in August 2016.
However, three months later, her mother moved out of the house, and the following year, Mrs. Pladl allegedly learned of a journal in which one of her other children said that Fusco was going to have a baby and that Pladl had told them to refer to her as their stepmother.
According to police documents, Pladl’s wife confronted him about the matter, and he admitted to impregnating his daughter, advising that the two planned to marry once the biological parents divorced.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Fusco had posted a photo to Instagram in July of her “wedding” to Pladl. Fusco gave birth to a baby boy named Bennett, and the two moved to North Carolina.
Both Pladl and Fusco were charged with felony incest
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