A North Carolina man and woman are charged with several felonies after police say the man impregnated his own daughter, then planned to marry her.
KRON4 reports that Katie Rose Pladl was adopted in 1988, but when she turned 18, she started searching for her biological parents. In Aug. 2016, after finding them, she moved in with her biological parents and their two children in Richmond, Va. Three months later, Katie’s biological mother moved out of the home, but Katie continued to live with the father, Steven Pladl.
The biological mother told police that shortly after Katie moved in, Steven Pladl started sleeping in the floor of her room. In May 2017, Katie and her father moved to Knightdale, N.C. Around the same time, the wife read one of her children’s journals that indicated Katie was pregnant by her own father.
According to a police warrant, Pladl apparently told his other children to call Katie “stepmom” and admitted to his estranged wife that not only was he the father of his daughter’s baby, but that he planned to marry her. A recently-revealed Snapchat photo that made its way to an Instagram account, shows what appears to be dad and daughter in front of a pond, kissing. The female in the photo, reportedly Katie, looks visibly pregnant.
After an in-depth investigation, authorities obtained arrest warrants for both Katie and her father. When police arrested father and daughter, a baby boy, born in Sept. 2017, was with them. Both suspects were arrested and taken to the Wake County Detention Center.
It’s unclear where authorities took the infant after his parents’ arrest.
Katie and Steven Pladl are charged with contributing to the delinquency, incest with adult, and adultery. Bond for each suspect was set at $1 million. Steven Pladl has since made bond, but Katie Pladl remains behind bars.