The already grim story of a North Carolina father who impregnated his biological daughter and planned to marry her has come to a horrific end. Authorities say father Steven Pladl was found dead Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his vehicle in Dover, NY, several miles away from where daughter Katie Pladl, 20, and her adoptive father, 56-year-old Anthony Fusco, were found shot to death in a pickup truck in New Milford, Conn., the New York Daily News reports. Police say the vehicle's window had been shot out. Police believe Pladl, 43, killed the pair hours after he killed 7-month-old Bennet, the son he had with his daughter, 600 miles away at his home in Knightsdale, NC.
Police in Knightsdale say they were contacted by Pladl's mother after she had a disturbing conversation with her son. "My son just called me and he told me he ... oh my God ... He killed his baby," she said in a 911 call, per CBS 17. "His wife broke up with him yesterday over the phone," she said, adding that her son said he was on the way to New York. Pladl and his then-wife Alyssa gave Katie up for adoption in 1998. She contacted her birth parents through social media in 2016. Alyssa left Steven last year after learning he had impregnated Katie. Both Katie and Steven Pladl were arrested in January, apparently after they got married, and were charged with crimes including incest, Fox reports. Steven Pladl was released on $1 million bond in January, while Katie Pladl was released in late February. She was ordered to live with her adoptive parents and not to contact her father. (Read more incest stories.)