In a sad conclusion to a disturbing relationship, a woman who had married her biological father and given birth to her child was laid to rest last weekend with her baby and adoptive father, after investigators said the physical Father Killed Them All in a Murder Suicide
Steven Pladl, 42, was found in early April in his vehicle in Dover, New York, several miles from the New Milford, Conn., Murder scene where Katie Pladl and her Adoptive Father, 56 (19659003) The two were also found dead in a vehicle with one of the windows popping out, police said.
The child's body was found in the couple's house, hundreds of miles south in Knightdale, NC, on the same day.
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Alyssa Pladl said in an interview last week that she had the girl adopted when she was 8 months old. They were young and poor, she said, but she also believed that Steven Pladl physically abused the baby.
In her interview, she did not elaborate.
"It was so hard to give her up," said Alyssa, "but I had to, because I wanted her to live and be happy."
For most of her short lives she was.
Tony Fusco and his wife Kelly adopted the girl they called Katie and bred her with her biological daughter in Dover, about 80 miles north of New York City  "They had a very, very normal life," said Cary Gould, Kelly Fusco's brother. "My nickname for Katie was Pac-Man, she always ate, she loved animals, she was a vegetarian."
Katie was an up-and-coming artist known for drawing comics at Dover High School. She planned to attend college and pursue a career in digital advertising.
"A pen and something to draw became a safe place for me," she wrote in a blog post. "Ink became my weapon against rules and regulations … To put it briefly, for me life without art is not life at all."
After she turned 18 in January 2016, Katie had the Gould had learned that she had been adopted, found her biological parents and reported them. The Pladls were happy to be with her again.
Instead of going to college in August 2016, Katie moved to the Pladdls in Henrico County, Virginia this month. Tony and Kelly Fusco were worried, Gould said, but they thought Katie was old enough to make her own decisions and support her.
Everything was not good in Pladl's house. Steven and Alyssa had already decided to separate and slept in separate rooms. Alyssa Pladl said she suffered emotional and verbal abuse by her husband for years.
"I was always on eggshells, whatever his mood was, everyone knew, and that mood was often not happy, a lot of shouting, a lot of things shattered in front of our kids in the house," she said.
Alyssa Pladl privately told Katie that Steven Pladl had abused her as a baby and that one important reason for adoption was her own safety.
Katie, according to Alyssa, did not seem worried.
Steven Pladl's behavior changed after he met Katie, Alyssa Pladl said. He began to wear tight jeans and tight-fitting shirts. He shaved his beard and let his hair get long. About six weeks after Katie moved in, Steven Pladl slept in her room for one night on the floor.
It was immediately Alyssa. After he did it again the next night, she confronted him. He said it was none of her business and stormed Katie out of the house.
Alyssa Pladl finally moved out in November 2016 and shared custody of the two children with Steven Pladl.
In May 2017, she learned from the diary of her eleven-year-old daughter about the incestuous relationship and Katie's pregnancy. Her daughter wrote that Steven Pladl had told her and her sister to call Katie a stepmother.
"I became hysterical, and I called him," she said. "I said," Is Katie pregnant with your baby? "He just said," I thought you knew it. We are in love. "
" I started screaming, "she said," I just cursed him, "How can you, you're sick, she's a kid."
Then she called the police.
On July 20, 2017, two months after his divorce from Alyssa, Steven Pladl was arrested in the police investigation and married Katie in Parkton, Maryland. They lied about their application and said they were not related, according to records.
Katie's adoptive parents posed with Steven, Katie, and Steven's mother for a photo on the wedding day. Katie is wearing a short black dress.
Tony and Kelly Fusco thought there was nothing they could do and decided it was best to help Katie, Gould said.
Katie gave birth to Bennett on September 1st. She and Steven moved to a dead-end house in Knightdale, North Carolina, east of Raleigh, but marital bliss did not last long. They were arrested in January for incest attacks. A judge ordered that they should not contact each other, and Steven Pladd's mother has custody.
Steven Pladl's attorney Rick Friedman II said there had never been a charge that Steven Pladl had put pressure on Katie.
An 18-year-old girl who appears at the door of a 40-year-old man who is going through hard times with his wife, "Friedman said." They have a bond because they are biologically related, but they never knew each other, before they had a sexual relationship. He was in love with her head over heels, so much so that it outweighed the problem that they were biologically related.
After the arrests, Katie retreats with Tony and Kelly Fusco, who refuse to comment on this article, and would travel to her adoptive grandmother's in Waterbury, Connecticut, every Tuesday and Thursday.
April 12 One Thursday, Katie and Tony Fusco left the Dover for Waterbury in a minivan nearby watching Steven Pladl as they went surveillance video shows.
Minutes later in nearby New Milford, witnesses reported that someone was opening the fire Katie and Tony Fusco, 56, were mortally wounded and Steven Pladl was later found dead in Dover.
Shortly after the New Milford shoot, as Fox News reported earlier, Steven Pladd's mother called 911 to report that her son had told her that he had killed the baby, Katie and her adoptive father.
"I can not even believe that happens," Steven's mother told the authorities, according to one Emergency call record from which her name was edited. Her son, she said, was upset that Katie, who was just 20 years old, had separated from him.
The police found the baby dead and alone in Katie's and Steven's apartment.
Alyssa Pladl struggles to understand everything
"I grieve, I'm sad, I'm upset," she said. "But I also want to do something good out of spreading the truth there to open people's eyes to incest."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.