Celebration Homicide Leaves Wife, Three Children, and Family Dog, Dead

Emilyanne Richart, Reporter

Anthony Todt, father and husband, admits to murdering his 42-year-old wife, Megan, their three children, 13-year-old Alek, 11-year-old Tyler, and 4-year-old Zoey, and the family’s dog, Breezy, in a Celebration, Florida rental home. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office announced last Wednesday, which has since resulted in Todt being charged with four counts of premeditated homicide and one charge of animal cruelty, authorities said.

According to sheriff’s office officials, Todt was detained on Monday at the family’s home by Deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, who originally went to assist in a serving warrant connected to a Connecticut investigation involving Anthony Todt after being called by federal agents. Deputies found four bodies while searching the house.

After the arrest, deputies took Anthony Todt to the hospital after Todt claimed to take some allergy pills and not telling the officers how many he took. He also made comments about possibly harming himself, authorities said. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

“He is cooperating with the investigation, I can tell you that much,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said during a news conference on Wednesday, where officials also said that the family might’ve been killed at the end of December.

The murders follow a rough history for the family, especially Anthony Todt, who found himself in an investigation in Connecticut. On December 26th, an eviction notice was filed regarding a missing a December payment of more than $4,000 on the same address as the death investigation. Three days later a family member contacted law enforcement in Florida to check on the family’s well-being, after being told they all had the flu and not hearing from them in two days. This prompted the deputies to go to the rental house in Celebration, Florida, to which they couldn’t reach anyone. Being that the family was known for traveling, no one was surprised they were not home. Deputies made several attempts to contact the family over the weekend of January 9th. Upon receiving no response, they returned to the home on Monday, where they found the four bodies which belong to Anthony Todt’s family.

Megan Todt and the three children lived in a rental home in Celebration, Florida, where Anthony flew every weekend to visit them after working from Monday through Friday.

Anthony Todt also had a rough childhood, where at 4 years old in 1980, he woke up to his mother’s screams and witnessed his mother’s attempted murder in Bensalem, Pa. Young Todt saw a man “wrestling with mommy on her bed” before a second man brought him back to his room,  according to a 1981 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

His mother, Loretta Todt,  survived the shooting but the bullet “destroyed her left eye and remains lodged in her skull,” court documents obtained by the magazine show. Loretta was shot by a hit man hired by her husband, Robert Todt, a special eds teacher who was having an affair with a 17 year old girl. Robert hired a former student who plead guilty in the case to carry out the hit on Loretta, and Robert was convicted on multiple charges, including attempted homicide, criminal conspiracy, and criminal solicitation.

Anthony Todt lived in Colchester, Connecticut, where he ran a physical therapy practice, Family Physical Therapy, which also runs under the name, Performance Edge Sports. His license to practice physical therapy expired in September, while Megan Todt’s remains active. There’s Open False Claims Act investigation into Anthony Todt and his business, according to Connecticut’s Office of the Attorney General.

The community was shocked upon hearing of the murders and family and friends mourn their losses, such as Candi Clark, a family friend, who said in an email to NBC Connecticut that “Meg was always smiling, always offering help, everything she did was to create a wonderful life for Alek, Tyler and Zoe. She was a supportive friend with a beautiful smile.” She continued, saying, “We can only hope to be as good as they were in their honor.”