KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WKMG/AP) -- A Connecticut physical therapist charged with murdering his wife and three children at their Florida home told his sister in a phone call from jail that he couldn’t have stopped his family from being slain because he wasn’t around.
"I couldn’t stop this because I wasn’t there,” Anthony Todt told his sister Chrissy Caplet in recordings of one of two phone calls obtained by The Day of New London, Connecticut.
Authorities allege that Todt, who worked in Connecticut and spent weekends with his family in Florida, killed his wife and three children, as well as the family dog. The decomposing bodies were discovered Jan. 13 in the family’s home in Celebration, a planned community near Walt Disney World.
Todt, 45, claimed in a June 19 letter to his father obtained by the Orlando Sentinel that his wife had drugged the children and then stabbed and suffocated them. Todt wrote that his wife then drank a bottle of Benadryl and stabbed herself in the abdomen.
FBI agents found Todt inside the home in Celebration with the bodies of his family when they arrived to arrest him on a warrant stemming from a health care fraud investigation in Connecticut.
Osceola County Sheriff's investigators said Todt confessed at the time of his arrest to killing his wife Megan, 42; their children, Alek, 13, Tyler, 11, and Zoe, 4; and the dog. Todt has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.