Father arrested after leaving his wife for his daughter
There are a lot of things that can lead to the breakdown of a relationship: a lack of communication, financial woes, and simply growing apart from one another can all have a part to play. However, sadly, a lot of relationships and marriages break down due to infidelity.
Cheating is one of the worst ordeals that you can deal with in a relationship, but while it is never nice for the victim, it could always be a lot worse. Take, for example, this case; which saw a dad cheat on his wife... with his own daughter.
In what has to be one of the most bizarre and twisted cases of infidelity to have ever been seen, Steve Pladl, 42, and his biological daughter Katie Pladl, 20, have been arrested and charged with incest after it emerged that they had a baby together and were in the process of making plans to get married.
According to local news site Kron 4, Steven had fathered Katie way back in 1998, but due to unfortunate circumstances, he had to put his daughter up for adoption.
However, upon turning 18, Katie tracked down her biological parents using social media. After she had managed to get in contact with the pair, she then moved into their home in Richmond, Virginia, in 2016.
Once moved in with her parents, Katie lived with them and their two other young children. However, just months later, Steven and his wife (Katie's mother), legally separated.
But things took a dark turn in May last year when, after reading through one of her children's diaries, Steven's wife found out that Katie was pregnant and that Steve was the father. After the police got involved, the couple were charged with incest with an adult, adultery and contributing to delinquency.
According to the arrest warrants, Steven had told his other children to call Katie their stepmother and had even spoken to his ex-wife and told her that he was the father of the couple's child and that he and Katie were planning to get married.
Both of the accused were issued with a $1million bond and are facing up to ten years behind bars. The warrants show that Steven has since been released on bond but Katie still remains in jail awaiting trial.
This is undoubtedly a pretty complex situation that will no doubt leave a lot of confusion and destruction in its wake. Imagine being the son of the couple and knowing that your dad is also your grandad and that your mom is your sister - it would be a pretty hard environment to grow up in.
As I said earlier, there's a lot of factors that can lead to the break up of a relationship, but leaving your wife to start up a relationship with your biological daughter (and impregnating her), has to be one of the most bizarre that I've heard.
Warrants show the couple made their initial court appearance on Monday and the trial continues to rumble on.