Tragedy struck just outside the Happiest Place On Earth weeks before four bodies were found inside a central Florida home.
According to reports, officials with the Osceola County Sheriff Department charged a man with killing his wife, three young children, and dog at their home in Celebration, an affluent suburb lying in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
During a news conference on Wednesday, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said 44-year-old Anthony Todt faces homicide charges for the deaths of his wife, Megan, and their three children, whose ages ranged from four to 13.
The sheriff said Todt had confessed to the slayings and was cooperating with detectives. While the official wouldn’t share how the victims died, noting that he would wait until the coroner released results, he said they appeared to have been killed in late December.
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Gibson added during the presser:
“We grieve along with the victims’ family and friends, along with the community for this tragic loss of innocent lives. Myself, I cannot understand what would cause a person to commit such evil and horrendous acts… This is despicable and cannot be tolerated anywhere in the United States of America, let alone Osceola County Florida.”
The sheriff said Todt would travel to Connecticut during the workweek, where he has a physical therapy practice, then return to the Disney-developed community in Florida to be with his family on weekends.
Neighbor Marcelo Rodriguez told the Orlando Sentinel he saw deputies at the two-story home in the early morning hours on Monday yelling for residents to open the front door. He recalled:
“I saw a lot of police with guns in their hand saying, ‘Open the door, open the door.’ And a few minutes later I saw the guy on the porch with handcuffs, and I said, ‘Something bad happened over there.’”
Apparently, deputies had been called to the house to assist federal agents who had an arrest warrant for Todt.
Rodriguez said Todt and his wife had been renting the house, adding:
“We are in shock. It’s terrible.”
This is just downright disturbing. What could possibly possess someone to do this to his own family!?
Our hearts go out to the victims’ loved ones at this devastating time.
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