Police suspect that a father and daughter died in an incestuous relationship on Thursday near New Milford in a presumed murder suicide some time after their baby was killed hundreds of miles away in North Carolina.
Katie Pladl, 20, and her biological father, Steven Pladl, 45, were accused of having an incestuous relationship with the Virginia police. Their seven-month-old son, Bennett, was found dead when police visited Steven Pladl's home in North Carolina on Thursday night at 9:00 am after receiving a phone call from Steven Pladl's mother.
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North Carolina Police Steven Pladl was last seen Wednesday night when he picked up the child from his mother, Steven Plandl's mother, in Knightdale, North Carolina early Thursday. "It's unclear when 7-month-old Bennett Pladl was killed. But 20 minutes before the North Carolina authorities found the child on Thursday, New Milford police learned of the fatal shots on Routes 7 and 55.
Responding to an emergency call from a passerby At 9:00 am, officials found two victims, later identified as Katie Pladl and Fusco. Both were mortally wounded.
Officers quickly learned that a Honda odyssey with North Carolina plates was involved in the shooting. The police said the van was found just over the New York state border in Dover, about five miles from the New Milford shootout.
As the officers approached the still-moving vehicle, they found the driver dead by an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The North Carolina Police confirmed that Steven Pladl was the dead man.
"The investigation is very active, very fluid right now," said Lt. Lawrence Ash of the New Milford Police. "We believe there is a connection between the suspect here and the murder of a child in Knightsdale, NC."
When these departments investigated separate deaths, detectives from all jurisdictions began working together "to summarize how these events were connected "said Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capp.
"There was a lot of collaboration, lots of sharing, and I think we have a pretty good handle on what happened," Capp said.
Work of a Virginia. According to media reports, both were released on bail after appearing in court in Virginia. However, Katie Pladl was prevented from contacting Steven Pladl and sent to New York for her adoptive parents. During this charge, the police said Steven Pladd's mother was taking care of the child.
Citing police records, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that Steven Pladl told his wife last year that he had made his daughter pregnant and they were planning to marry.
Katie Pladl was born in 1998 and then released for adoption, CBS 17 reported in North Carolina. A warrant for the two said that they reconnected through social media when Katie turned 18 and eventually moved to North Carolina at CBS 17.
New Milford police refused to officially identify the victims on Thursday night. A number of officers remained on stage until the evening, and New Milford police planned to provide details early Friday. The chief medical officer's office arrived at 18:30. to bring the bodies to Farmington for autopsy.
As the investigation continues, New Milford and Knightdale police said it was too early to speculate on what motivated the shooting. Law enforcement continued to monitor the well-being of the remaining family.
"We are very sad about today's events, which is not common in our community, but unfortunately they are not uncommon in our society," Capp said. "We are heartbroken because of the death of this child, and like you, we try to understand all the factors that have led to this meaningless taking of life."
Courant Staff Writer William Leukhardt contributed to this story.