Man allegedly confesses to killing wife, children and family dog in Celebration, Florida – New York Post

Man allegedly confesses to killing wife, children and family dog in Celebration, Florida – New York Post

A man living in the fairytale neighborhood built by Disney World has allegedly confessed to killing his wife, three children and the family dog, the local sheriff’s office said Wednesday.

Anthony Todt, 44, has been charged with multiple counts of homicide and one felony count of animal cruelty after he was found with the bodies of his wife and kids in their Celebration, Fla. home, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Wednesday.

Gibson said the bodies have not been positively identified, but investigators “strongly believe” they are wife Megan Todt and the couple’s three kids, Alec, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4.

Investigators believe the family was killed “sometime towards the end of December,” Gibson said.

Todt answered the door of the home Monday, when authorities arrived to serve a warrant related to a federal investigation that came after concerns from frantic relatives, who had reported the family missing, Gibson said.

Officials then found the bodies and placed Todt under arrest. Todt’s motive was not immediately clear.

Gibson declined to provide details about how the victims were killed and said he was unaware of why the federal government was investigating Todt.

“We grieve along with the victims’ family and friends, along with the community, for this tragic loss of innocent lives,” Gibson said during a news conference at his office. “Myself, I cannot understand what would cause a person to commit such evil and horrendous acts.”

The sheriff’s office was contacted several times in recent weeks about the Todts and visited the family’s property after the murders took place — only to leave after no one answered the door.

The visit first came when one of Anthony’s relatives reached out to the office on Dec. 29, according to Gibson, who said the woman became concerned when she could not reach the family for two days after being told they all had the flu.

Deputies visited the home that day, checked the property and spoke with neighbors — but they didn’t observe anything suspicious and left when no one answered the door, Gibson said, noting that the home’s blinds were drawn.

“It’s not unreasonable to believe that the bodies were there, based on what we’ve seen in the homes and based on [Todt’s] statements,” Gibson said. “It does appear as if that timeline matches.”

Then, on Jan. 9, federal agents contacted the office regarding its own investigation into Anthony. Sherrif deputies couldn’t get in contact with Anthony or his family and again visited the home — only to leave after there was no answer and nothing suspicious.

Gibson said his office knew the family to travel and that it was not uncommon for them to be away from their home for long periods of time.

“If there’s nothing noted suspicious, there wouldn’t be a reason to go back to the house to check on someone who may have the flu or they just haven’t heard from them in a few days,” Gibson said.

The Todts had roots in Connecticut, where Anthony practiced physical therapy. He would work during the week in Connecticut and travel back to his family on the weekends, Gibson said.

But Anthony let his physical-therapy license expire in September, The Day of Connecticut said. Meanwhile, the couple had been slapped with an eviction notice Dec. 22, the site said.


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January 15, 2020 at 04:04PM

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