Dad and Seven Children Killed by Carbon Monoxide from Portable Generator After Electricity Cut

A man and his seven children found dead in their Maryland home Monday were poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator they were using after the power company cut off their electricity, a couple identified as the man’s mother and stepfather said.

A father and his seven children were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning Monday, April 6, 2015 in a one-story Maryland Eastern Shore home.

Rodney Todd, age 36, had purchased a generator after the power was shut off to his home in Princess Anne, about 60 miles southeast of Annapolis. Rodney Todd, his two sons and five daughters were found dead Monday. The children were identified by family members as Cameron, 13, and Zycheim, 7; and girls Tynijuiza, 15; Tykira, 12; Tybree, 10; Tyania, 9; and Tybria, 6.

Princess Anne police Chief Scott Keller report that no foul play was suspected after a power generator with no gasoline was found in the kitchen. He confirmed that electricity to the home was cut by the power company.

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