WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Katie Pladl, a 20-year woman who married his biological father last year was laid to rest on Saturday along with her 7-month-old baby and her 56-year-old adoptive father.
- Katie’s birth father, Steven Pladl, killed the three before killing himself in early April.
- Steven, 42, married Katie on July 20, 2017, two months after his divorce from Alyssa, Katie’s birth mother, was finalized.
Authorities found Steven Pladl dead in his vehicle on April 12 in Dover, N.Y. He allegedly shot himself after fatally shooting Katie Pladl and her adoptive father Tony Fusco in New Milford, Conn.
That same day, Steven and Katie’s 7-month-old baby, Bennett, was also found dead in the couple’s home in Knightdale, N.C.
Steven called his mother before killing himself, telling her he murdered the baby, Katie, and her adoptive father. His mother called 911 to report the incident. She told authorities that her son was upset because Katie had broken up with him.
Steven and Alyssa had a daughter named Denise who they gave up for adoption when she was 8 months old.
Tony and Kelly Fusco adopted Denise they renamed Katie and raised her in Dover.
When Katie turned 18 in January 2016, she had been told she was adopted and looked for her biological parents. She was reunited with the Pladls and moved with them in Henrico County, Virginia in August 2016.
During that time, Steven and Alyssa already had decided to separate. Alyssa moved out of the house in November 2016 with her two younger children she shared custody with Steven.
According to Fox News, Alyssa found out about the incestuous relationship in May 2017. Her 11-year-old daughter wrote in her journal that their father asked her and her sister to refer to Katie as their stepmom.
“I started to become hysterical, and I called him,” Alyssa said. “I said, ‘Is Katie pregnant with your baby?’ He just said, ‘I thought you knew. We’re in love.’”
“I started screaming,” she continued. “I was just cursing him out: ‘How could you? You’re sick. She’s a child.’”
Alyssa notified the police. But Steven married his then-19-year old daughter in July 2017. They stated they were unrelated on their marriage application.
Katie’s adoptive parents and Steven’s mother attended the wedding. Katie Pladl gave birth on Sept. 1 but they were arrested on incest charges in January 2018.
“This case is an 18-year-old girl who shows up at the doorstep of a 40-year-old man who’s going through difficult times with his wife,” Steven’s lawyer said. “They have a bond because they’re biologically related, but they never knew each other before they had a sexual relationship. He was head over heels in love with her, so much so that that outweighed the issue of them being biologically related.”
Source: Fox News