Florida man drugged family with Benadryl before stabbing, police say

Posted at 6:53 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 08:36:50-04

CELEBRATION, Fla. — A physical therapist killed his wife, three young children and dog in an affluent Florida suburb near Walt Disney World and then left their bodies there for days, authorities said.

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The wife and three children of Anthony Todt in Florida died from overdoses of Benadryl and “unspecified violence." Their bodies were found in their home in January.

Autopsy reports released Tuesday show that Todt’s wife, Megan, was stabbed twice in the stomach. His sons, 13-year-old Alex, and 11-year-old Tyler, had single stab wounds on their abdomen. His 4-year-old daughter, Zoe, had no evidence of trauma to her body, though homicidal violence was still listed as contributing to her cause of death, along with the Benadryl overdose.

Todt has been indicted on four counts of first-degree murder in their deaths, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Todt also faces a charge of animal cruelty for killing the family’s dog, Breezy. It is not clear how Breezy was killed.

Out-of-state family members of the Todts had asked for a well-being check in late December. Then federal agents asked deputies to get in contact with Todt in January. Both times deputies went to the house but saw nothing out of place, Gibson said.

"We didn't notice anything suspicious," the sheriff said.

The sheriff didn't state a motive for the killing and also didn't elaborate on what Todt was being investigated for by federal agents.

Court records in Osceola County show the landlord of their five-bedroom home was seeking their eviction, saying they owed him more than $5,000. They were paying a monthly rent of more than $4,900.