Anthony Todt ‘drugged his wife and three children with Benadryl in their Disney town home, stabbed them with kitchen knives and left their bodies for weeks until they mummified’ – autopsy report
Police executing a wellness check on the family home in Celebration, Florida, in January found the mother and her three children dead by ‘unspecified violence’ and drug overdoses’
The final autopsy report has revealed that Megan Todt, 42, and her three children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and four-year-old Zoe were drugged with Benadryl, stabbed and left to mummify
Megan was stabbed twice in the stomach and Alek and Tyler once each but the autopsy did not point to the stabbings as the clear cause of death
Four-year-old Zoe had no evidence of trauma to her body, the report said
Anthony Todt, 44, was arrested on January 13 and charged with four counts of murder for the killing of his family
Officers found the rotting bodies of his wife and three children after relatives told police they hadn’t heard from the family for some time
Authorities believe they were killed shortly after New Year’s Day
The suspect faces the death penalty if convicted
Anthony Todt [photo], could face the death penalty after he allegedly brutal slaughtered his wife and three children at their home in Celebration, Florida, a gated community designed and developed by Disney, and lived with their bodies for at least two weeks
Anthony Todt, 44, could face the death penalty if he is found guilty as alleged, of brutally slaughtering his family at their home in Celebration, Florida, a gated community designed and developed by Disney.
Todt allegedly, lived with their bodies for at least two weeks before the grisly discovery.
The father-of-three is suspected of carrying out the killing rampage shortly after New Year’s Day before holing up in his home with their rotting bodies for around two weeks before they were discovered.
The autopsies have now revealed that his wife Megan, 42 and their three children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and four-year-old Zoe were killed by ‘unspecified violence’ combined with overdoses of the drug Benadryl.
The official cause of death for the four victims was ‘homicidal violence of unspecified means in association with diphenhydramine toxicity,’ more commonly known as Benadryl, said the autopsy report released Tuesday.
Anthony Todt, [back, left], was arrested on Jan 13, and charged with murdering his family – His wife Megan and their three children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and four-year-old Zoe.
Armed with a warrant, cops entered the Todt’s family home on Monday after neighbors contacted them and federal police said they were unable to get in contact. They discovered the gruesome scene of the children all dead, along with their mother. The father has confessed to the murders
Megan was stabbed twice in the stomach either before or during her death based on their being blood in her abdomen, the report said.
Alek and Tyler both had single stab wounds to the stomach but did not have any blood inside their abdomens unlike their mother.
In all three, the autopsy did not point to the stabbings as the clear cause of death.
The autopsies have now revealed that Megan and their three children [photo], were drugged and stabbed and their bodies left, for weeks, to mummify
The Todt children Alex, Tyler and Zoe, [photo], were killed along with their mother Megan by their dad
The official cause of death for the four victims was ‘homicidal violence of unspecified means in association with diphenhydramine toxicity,’ more commonly known as Benadryl, said the autopsy report released Tuesday. Todt is seen here [photo], with three of his victims
Megan and Anthony Todt [photo], jointly own two physical therapy businesses and owe two creditors $100,000 after defaulting accounts since 2018
Megan was stabbed twice in the stomach either before or during her death based on their being blood in her abdomen, the report said
Four-year-old Zoe had no evidence of trauma to her body, the report said, but homicidal violence and a Benadryl was still listed as cause of death.
Because the victims’ bodies were heavily decomposed when they were found, they had to be identified using dental records and their blood could not be used for toxicology testing.
It is still not clear when exactly the mother and her children were killed in the brutal attack.
Earlier reports stated that the debt-riddled physical therapist had first suffocated his wife and two children but stabbed his teenage son with a kitchen knife when he fought back, before then slicing his wife and other son to make sure they were dead.
A source close to the investigation said the family man had first suffocated his family members one by one.
But when Todt got to 13-year-old Alek last, the teenager fought back by scratching and biting him, leading Todt to stab him with a kitchen knife, Channel 9 reported.
Authorities believe they were killed shortly after New Year’s Day.
Officers had entered the home and found the rotting bodies of his wife and three children wrapped up in blankets after concerned relatives told police they hadn’t heard from them for some time.
Todt allegedly confessed to murdering his family and their dog to sheriffs, as it emerged he had been grappling with spiraling debts.
Authorities had been called to the property numerous times in the two weeks leading up to the discovery of their bodies but officers failed to enter the property until January 13 when the victims’ bodies were found in the early stages of decomposition.
In January the local sheriff’s department were called to the Orlando-area home at least five times after family members grew concerned when they had not heard from or seen them since before Christmas.
Todt’s sisters were calling the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office from Connecticut, where the Todts lived part-time, sometimes daily to ask deputies to check on the family because they suspected something wrong.
Deputies drove to the Celebration house at least five times between December 31 and January 13 but didn’t notice the smell of decomposition.
Reports show a sheriff’s deputy first knocked on the door on December 31 to serve an eviction notice. He reported no answer and left his card in the door.
On January 9 and January 10, another deputy alerted by Tony’s sister in Connecticut knocked on the front and back doors, then headed to an apartment the couple owned less than a mile away and knocked there too.
He canvassed the neighborhood, noting the family’s only car was parked in the backyard and found the neighbor with the key.
Another deputy returned the next day, arriving at the house at 12:39pm and leaving at 12:52pm after the Todts’ landlord asked for a ‘wellness check,’ according to the reports.
According to the reports, a neighbor even offered a deputy a spare key to the Todts’ home on January 11 but the deputy declined to use it.
And again, yet another deputy returned January 12, but he took no action.
Anthony Todt murdered his wife just weeks before their wedding anniversary on Jan 1. The Todts [photo] were married for 20 years and shared three young children
Anthony Todt was scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing later this month, for the killing of his wife Megan seen with the couple’s children Alex, Tyler and Zoe, but it has been delayed due to stay-at-home rules amid the coronavirus pandemic
At the time of the murders, Todt had racked up $100,000 in debt and was facing eviction from the family home.
Eviction proceedings were also pending against his physical therapy office in Colchester.
He was charged and indicted with four counts of first-degree capital murder and a charge of animal cruelty for killing the family’s dog, Breezy.
It is not clear how Breezy was killed.
Todt was indicted by a grand jury in February and prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty for the murders.
He was scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing later this month, but it has been delayed due to stay-at-home rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.