Cause of Baby's Death in Multi-state Triple-homicide Released
NEW MILFORD, CONNECTICUT – July 03, 2018
The cause of death has been released for a baby killed amid three homicides across multiple states back in April, NEWS 8 reports.
On Monday, the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner stated that 7-month old Bennett Pladl died of "asphyxia with compression of torso."
According to police, 43-year-old Steven Pladl and his daughter, 20-year-old Katie Pladl, were involved in an incestuous relationship. Arrest warrants stated that the two were married and had a child, Bennett, together in Sept. 2017. When Katie Pladl turned 18, she used social media to reach out to her biological parents, according to warrants. Steven Pladl eventually left his wife to be with Katie, warrants say.
On April 12, the child was found dead inside of Steven Pladl's North Carolina home after Steven's mother called 911 saying he confessed to murdering Bennett, Katie and Katie's adoptive father.
This sparked a multi-state investigation spanning from North Carolina to Connecticut and New York.
Katie Pladl and her adoptive father were found dead of gunshot wounds inside of a pickup truck in New Milford, Conn.
Later that day, Steven Pladl was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.