The tragic story of the death of a family in Disney’s property will send chills down your spine. Not only is it terrible to think that this could happen so close to the “happiest place on earth”, but the deaths of two sons, a daughter and a wife, were allegedly the result of a murder by the family’s father: Tony Todd.
Residents of the ceremony area in Kissimmee, Florida know as a thriving, quiet community. To think of such a devastating atrocity is almost inconceivable.
What would a man have to do for his own family? Does he accept his charges? Could he get the death penalty? These are questions running through the heads of most people who hear about the case. Here is a summary of what has happened to Tony Todd so far.
A sad discovery
The police went to carry out a welfare check on behalf of the Todd family before they actually discovered the bodies of Tony Todd’s family. Megan Tod’s family, Tony’s wife, told the authorities to do so after not hearing them for days. It was four days after Christmas and they had not heard a glimpse.
Officers responded by looking around the residence. He reported having nothing suspicious and leaving the property. On January 9, 2020, officers were again sent to Toad’s home in Celebration, but nothing strange was found. He made no contact and left the scene.
Police were last contacted on January 13, 2020 and discovered the bodies. He was there with an arrest warrant for Tony Todd from the US Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. The condition of the corpses of the Tony family was very terrible. They were found in a cystic stage of decompensation with stab wounds.
Some were wrapped in blankets and some were partially mummified. Even the family dog was killed. It became clear that the family was killed shortly before Christmas, so advanced was the state of their decomposition.
It was discovered that their bodies had actually been rotting for so long that there was no blood left to take samples from the forensic team. Samples of liver, brain, chest fluid, and hair were to be used for toxicology reports and it was found that all four family members had toxic amounts of benadryl in their bodies. Not enough to kill them, just enough to increase the side effects.
What happened to Tony Todd’s family?
When Tony Todd was arrested, he was found landing on the second floor of his house. He told the arresting officer that his wife, Megan, was sleeping upstairs. They come to know that she was indeed dead with her children.
Megan had two stab wounds to her stomach, her oldest son Alexi (13) had a stab wound to the stomach, his 11-year-old son Tyler had a stab wound to the stomach, and his 4-year-old daughter Zoe had no injuries to him. The amount of medicine they could find in the system. He died of unknown cause.
Todd later confessed to paramedics that he tried to get enough Benadryl to kill himself. Toad denied any memory of killing his family. Although Tony Todd initially confessed to killing his family, he later claimed “1000%” innocence in a letter to his father and pleaded not guilty. Todd claims that it was his wife who killed his children and then swung the knife at himself.
Toad said that his sons told him that his mother had made sweets that were served with Benadryl. “They said that Mom was preparing sweets and whether I was going to join them,” Tod wrote. “I said ‘no’ as I was trying to lose some weight, etc.”
He then allegedly slept in the car and did not discover the dead children, after which his wife allegedly confessed to killing them and stabbing herself. Todd claims that he did not get a call for help and then his wife begged him to help her die.
Toad was given a loan of over one million dollars with very little money. Some claim this as the motive for the family murder and possible attempted suicide.
Will Todd get the death penalty?
Tony Todd was charged with four counts of murder and one count of animal cruelty. At the time, State Attorney Aramis Ayala demanded the death penalty despite personal reservations. He told reporters, “Despite my position on the death penalty, my death penalty review board, they go on, they charge, they have voted unanimously to seek death in the case. ”
That was on February 25, 2020. In January of 2021, Ayala finally filed an intention not to seek the death penalty. Explaining the change of heart, he said, “After considering the facts and the law applicable to the case, including serious concern about the mental health of the defendant, it is not in the best interests of the people of the state of Florida.” Pursuing the death penalty as a possible punishment.