Knightdale Police investigate infant death, parents are father and daughter

Randolph Lopez
April 14, 2018

"Oh God, he told me to call the police and I shouldn't go over there", Steven's mother told a 911 dispatcher, according to a recording obtained by WNCN.

Steven Pladl was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his light blue mini-van in the town of Dover, Connecticut.

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Capps, the Knightdale police chief, said at a news conference that Pladl was living at the Earlston Court residence in Knightdale, and his mother was living in Cary, N.C. He added that Pladl had picked up his infant son from his mother Wednesday evening. A Dutchess County probation officer spotted the minivan and called it in.

"It was found down the road here on the right shoulder between the roadway and the river. He said he was taking his own life when he got off the phone in NY", she told a second dispatcher.

Authorities said the suspect was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot across the state line in NY.

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As calm was being restored the man climbed onto the roof of his shack with his child and threatened to throw her to her death if the demolishers did not back off and leave his home alone. "We pray the families affected find some measure of comfort and peace as they work to cope with senseless tragedy".

In March, Pladl was released from jail on bail, on condition he not make contact with his biological daughter.

January 2018: Henrico County police arrest Steven and Katie at their Knightdale home. He and his former wife, Alyssa, gave birth to Katie 20 years ago, when she was 17 years old.

Katie Pladl gave birth to her son in September previous year.

Katie had been put up for adoption shortly after she was born, but chose to look up her birth parents on social media after she turned 18. "He said he put a key under the front mat, a key to get into the house", she told the 911 operator, who asked how the baby was killed.

According to Capps, at around 9 a.m. Thursday, Knightdale police went to the home where Steven lived and discovered the infant's body.

Last January the father and daughter were arrested in Virginia and charged with incest. "If any judge or any prosecutor or defense attorney involved in any of these cases believed that the Pladl child would be in harm's way, there would not have been any bond", he said.

Specific details surrounding the deaths are still developing.

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