The father who murdered his wife, three young children and the family’s dog in their Disney town home told Florida deputies that his children were at a sleepover after fatally stabbing two of them and living with the bodies for nearly two weeks.
Concerns that Anthony Todt, his wife Megan and their children Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and four-year-old Zoe were missing sparked after relatives hadn’t heard from the family since January 6.
Todt, 44, initially claimed that everyone was sick with the flu and gave no indication that his family had been killed.
When Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies entered the Todt family’s home in Celebration -a gated community designed and developed by Disney- on January 13, he told them the children were sleeping over at a friend’s house and his wife was asleep upstairs.
Anthony Todt was charged with murder for killing his wife Megan and three children Alek, Tyler and Zoe and dog in Celebration, Florida – living with the bodies for at least two weeks. Police records released on Friday reveal the gruesome scene police walked into on January 13, first encountering ‘a strong foul odor’ when entering the home
In a 911 call, Todt’s sister revealed Megan (pictured) made a remark that ‘the world was ending on the 28th’. No one had heard from the family in weeks, as Todt claimed everyone was sick with the flu
Instead, authorities would soon discover the deceased bodies of Megan and the three children wrapped in blankets inside the master bedroom.
Todt confessed to the killings as it emerged he had stabbed his wife and sons repeatedly. It is not clear how he killed four-year-old Zoe.
He is charged with four counts of murder, as well as animal cruelty for also killing the family dog Breezy.
Police have yet to pinpoint his motive for the killings but he was drowning in debt in both his home and business, and was being evicted.
Officers even recalled encountering a ‘strong foul odor’ when entering the 202 Reserve Place address, according to new police records obtained by DailyMail.com.
Todt, who later revealed he attempted to overdose on Benadryl after the killings, was barely able to stand and was shaking as deputies began inspecting the residence.
An officer noted that ‘sticking out of the blankets was a foot that was black and blue in color’, as Todt is believed to have lived with the rotting bodies for a period of time.
Police entered the home (pictured) of Todt on January 13 and found the decomposing bodies wrapped in blankets at their home in Celebration, Florida, – a gated community designed and developed by Disney
‘I could smell a foul odor that I suspected was something or someone deceased,’ an officer wrote.
Todt told officials Megan was upstairs sleeping, but when police called out her name, they received no response.
An officer went up to the master bedroom and said they saw ‘a 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.
Alek (left), Zoe (center) and Tyler (right) pose together for a photo years before they were killed by their father, Antony Todt
Todt (pictured) confessed to Florida authorities that he killed his wife, three children and dog inside their home
‘I then approached the person that was covered up on the bed… I removed the blanket and observed the person was obviously deceased due to the body starting to decompose.’
Another officer report states they saw ‘sticking out of the blankets was a foot that was black and blue in color.’
Officers note that they immediately found the bodies of Megan and the two young boys, then after looking further, found Zoe’s body wrapped in a blanket at the feet of her mother.
The day the bodies were discovered, nine 911 calls were made to the sheriff’s office, several from Todt’s sister, frantically saying she had saw on social media that bodies were found in the town where her brother and his family lived.
The 44-year-old is charged with four counts of murder, as well as animal cruelty for also killing the family dog Breezy
She had made several calls before asking police to perform wellness checks at the home. An FBI agent investigating Todt for fraud in Connecticut also called at least twice, following up on wellness checks the office reportedly conducted.
Prior to the gruesome discovery, the sister revealed Megan made a remark that ‘the world was ending on the 28th’.
The Orlando office of the Medical Examiner released a preliminary autopsy report showing that doctors have yet to determine the cause of the family members’ deaths.
The reports also note small stab wounds, 3.2 X 1.1 centimeters for Megan.
According to Alek’s report, he suffered a 5.9 X 3 cm stab wound. His body had a brown-green color as decomposition set in and his feet were mummified.
Tyler, the reports show, suffered a stab wound 10.7X2.1 centimeters in size. His eyes, the medical examiner noted, were collapsed because of the decomposition.
Zoe’s autopsy showed no obvious signs of injury.
The medical examiner will not determine a cause of death until lab results on bodily fluids are known, possibly in up to two months.
Anthony Todt with his three children and their dog. Police found the bodies in the family home on Monday but were unable to definitively identify them until Wednesday
Police had pushed for the affidavit to remain under seal.
It remains unknown exactly when Todt committed the murders.
Todt is in police custody. Many of the details of the crimes remain unknown.
He witnessed a hit man trying to murder his mother, at the request of his father, 40 years ago.
Police first visited the family home on December 29 after a relative called, saying they were concerned after being told they had the flu. Police have suggested he was replying to texts, telling people that the family was unwell.
The family was about to get evicted from the house, which they rented for $5,000 a month from a landlord who lives down the street
It is not known if he was doing so as himself or if he was pretending to be his wife and using her phone.
Meanwhile, neighbors and residents in Celebration still wonder why Todt killed the family then lived with the corpses for more than a week before he was arrested by Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies.
Details are scant after the sheriff’s office convinced a judge to seal the arrest affidavit when Todt was charged with four counts of premeditated murder and animal cruelty.
Todt was heavily indebted to financial institutions and was under investigation for bilking Medicaid for services to patients who didn’t exist.
The family was about to get evicted from the house, which they rented for $5,000 a month from a landlord who lives down the street.
Bobbie Sedwick became a music teacher to the two Todt boys in September 2018 and would teach at their home twice a week. She taught her last lesson to the children on December 12.
Sedwick tells DailyMail.com that she received a text from Megan on December 30 telling her the classes would start again on the second week of January. She never heard from her again.
‘I don’t think Megan knew about any of the massive debt or fraud charges,’ Sedwick said. ‘Life was normal as it always had been. There were no red flags in behavior in her, the kids, or Tony for that matter.’