Steven Pladl, 43, an incestuous father who had a baby with his biological daughter, is believed to have killed the infant in North Carolina before murdering the girl and her adoptive father 600 miles away and then turning the gun on himself. 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.
Pladl was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a car parked in Dover, New York, at 8.40am on Thursday. His biological daughter, whom he illegally married last July, 20-year-old Katie Pladl, was found dead in Connecticut along with her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco. The baby boy named Bennett that Steven and Katie had together in September 2017 was discovered dead at a home in Knightdale, North Carolina. The pair were arrested in January on charges of incest and adultery.