The father accused of murdering his family inside their Disney town home allegedly drugged his wife and kids with Benadryl, stabbed them and left their bodies to mummify, the final autopsy has revealed.
Anthony Todt, 44, could face the death penalty after he allegedly brutally slaughtered his family at their home in Celebration, Florida, a gated community designed and developed by Disney, and lived with their bodies for at least two weeks.
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.
Anthony Todt, 44, was arrested on January 13 and charged with murdering his wife Megan, 42 and their three children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and four-year-old Zoe (pictured)
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.
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 (pictured) were drugged and stabbed and their bodies left to mummify
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
Megan (with Todt) 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, DailyMail.com revealed back in January.
A source close to the investigation said the family man had first suffocated his family members one by one.
But when Todt got to Alek last, the teenager fought back by scratching and biting him, leading Todt to stab him with a kitchen knife.
Todt then went back and stabbed his wife and second son to make sure they were dead.
Medical examiner Dr. Joshua Stephany refused to confirm or deny on Tuesday that the ‘unspecified’ violence discovered in the autopsy was suffocation, Channel 9 reported.
Todt could face the death penalty after he allegedly brutal slaughtered his family at their home in Celebration, Florida, a gated community designed and developed by Disney, and lived with their bodies for at least two weeks
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 by cops
Todt was arrested on January 13 and charged with four counts of murder for the killings.
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.
DailyMail.com revealed in January that 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 previously confessed to sheriffs to the killing of his wife, three children and their dog inside their home (above), as it emerged he had been grappling with spiraling debts
Authorities had been called to the property (above) numerous times in the two weeks leading up to the discovery of their bodies but failed to enter the property where the bodies lay
Deputies drove to the Celebration house at least five times between December 31 and January 13 but didn’t notice the smell of decomposition
Documents show that 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.
Todt 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
Finally, on the morning of January 13, federal agents on surveillance spotted Todt entering the house shortly after 9am.
The agents and several deputies knocked on the door. No one inside responded.
One deputy grabbed the door handle and saw the door was not locked. Agents and deputies entered and called for Tony to come to the door.
There was ‘a foul odor emitting from inside the residence,’ one deputy noted on his report.
Todt was first spotted walking down the staircase from the second floor with difficulties, holding on the railing, the report said.
He needed to be assisted after telling authorities he tried to kill himself with a high dose of Benadryl and was shaking uncontrollably, the report noted.
At first, he told deputies his wife was asleep upstairs.
‘I went upstairs and observed a bedroom door to the right that was open,’ a deputy wrote. ‘I could see inside the bedroom that one person was laying on the bed covered with blankets. I pushed the door open further and observed two persons laying on mattresses on the floor covered up.’
On the bed, the deputy uncovered the body and found Megan, ‘deceased for a fair amount of time.’
Florida state attorney Aramis D. Ayala (above) said in February that prosecutors now plan to seek the death penalty for the murders
Tyler and Alek were on the mattress on the floor.
It took a while longer for the deputy to find little Zoe but found her wrapped in a blanket at the foot of her mother’s bed.
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.
Prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty for the murders.
Todt 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.