Conn. Man Accused of Killing Family in Florida Home Claims Wife Killed Kids Then Herself

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A man charged with killing his family at their Florida home has claimed that his wife is the one who killed their three children and then herself.

In a letter written to his father from a Florida jail last month, 44-year-old Anthony Todt alleges his wife, Megan, killed their three kids while he wasn't home and then killed herself.

The letter, which was first released to the Orlando Sentinel, was released to NBC Connecticut from the Florida State's Attorney's Office for Orange and Osceola Counties.

"My wife and my children were and still are everything to me. I love my wife, still, very deeply, and it will be the hardest thing to sit there and tell everyone that it was her that did this when I was not home and then she committed suicide in front of me," he wrote in part.

In the letter, Todt said that he has forgiven his wife because he knows that she had been chronically ill after she was bit by a bug in either 2011 or 2012.

He added, "I was determined she was going to get better and she was, though the good days were amazing, but the 'bad days' were even more depressing for her. We kept quiet for most part, because that is how Meg wanted it. She was raised that way."

Todt alleges that his wife gave their kids, 13-year-old Alek, 11-year-old Tyler and 4-year-old Zoe a fruit pudding pie made with Benadryl before putting them to bed and killing them. He said he learned of the deaths after returning home from doing maintenance at a nearby condo they owned.

Todt said his wife was still alive when he got home and confessed to killing the children.

He wrote in his letter in part, "long story short, she gave them a Benadryl/Tylenol PM pie, separated them, woke up at 11:30, stabbed and then suffocated each one."

“At the news of this I ran to the bathroom and puked — I was weak. She continued to tell me what happened and then wanted to pray/meditate together. I wanted to see my kids. When I went in, I was horrified," he said.

According to Todt, his wife died by suicide after drinking a bottle of Benadryl and stabbing herself in the stomach.

The bodies were found Jan. 13, when federal agents and deputies went to the house to serve an arrest warrant for health care fraud charges in Connecticut.

Todt had a physical therapy practice in Connecticut to which he would travel during the work week, returning to Florida to be with his family on weekends at their home in Celebration near Walt Disney World.

Todt said he barely remembers the weeks between the slayings and his arrest.

Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty for Todt, who has been indicted on four counts of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

"First of all, I am 10,000 percent innocent of all these preposterous charges, both on this state case and on the proposed 'medicare fraud' case," Todt wrote in the letter.

Defense attorneys have not spoken publicly about the claim that Todt's wife was the real killer.

Associated Press / NBC Connecticut
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