Sheriff: Man killed wife, 3 kids and family dog at Florida home

Sheriff: Man killed wife, 3 kids and family dog at Florida home
A man confessed to killing his wife, his three children and the family dog in late December at their home in the Celebration neighborhood, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Wednesday afternoon. (WFTV)

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man confessed to killing his wife, his three children and the family dog in late December at their home in the Celebration neighborhood, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Wednesday afternoon.

Anthony Todt told detectives he killed his wife, Megan Todt, 42, their sons, Alek Todt, 13, and Tyler Todt, 11, their daughter, Zoe Todt, 4, and their dog, Breezy, Gibson said during a news conference.

Deputies said they assisted Health and Human Services agents in serving an arrest warrant Monday morning when they encountered Todt at the home and discovered the bodies.

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Todt was escorted by Osceola County deputies to the Osceola County Jail Wednesday.

Gibson said the remains have not been positively identified, but detectives believe them to be those of Todt’s wife and children.

He said autopsies conducted Monday determined the cause of death to be homicide.

Gibson said it is believed they died in late December.

He said deputies were previously called to the home to conduct a well-being check after a relative said she was told the Todts had the flu and she had not heard from them in two days.

Gibson said deputies did not make contact with the family and nothing appeared to be suspicious.

Todt is cooperating with investigators, Gibson said. He said Todt took Benadryl and threatened to harm himself Monday, so he was taken to a hospital as a precaution and was released Wednesday morning.

Todt was arrested on a warrant for multiple counts of homicide and one count of animal cruelty.