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Community Remembers Princess Anne Dad, 7 Children


PRINCESS ANNE, MD - One day after a family of 8 was found dead inside their home due to carbon monoxide poisoning, the Princess Anne community is remembering Rodney Todd Sr and his 7 children. Todd was a single father raising five daughters and two sons, ages 6 to 16.

The 36-year old was an employee for a food service company on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.Todd's supervisor, Stephanie Wells, says he had a good work ethic, and always did what was needed. "I admired him for that. And when he was at work and he needed time off, I didn't say no or nothing because he's a man dealing with 7 kids. How do you say no when he's taking care of girls and boys, Wells added.

As for the children that died inside the house,  Shameka Church's eyes swelled up with tears on Tuesday. A Godmother to one of Todd's children, Church can't believe the children are gone. Especially Tybreia, Rodney's youngest. "She just turned six on Saturday", said Church. 

 Princess Anne police say of the seven children, Tybriea was the youngest, and Cameron, a student at nearby Washington High School was the oldest at age 16.  Including Tybreia there were 5 girls: 8-year old Tynayia, 10-year old Tanaja, 11-year old Tykera and Tajanae, age 14.The boys were Cameron and 7 year old Zhi'heem.

A spokesperson for the Somerset County Public School System  says five children went to Princess Anne Elementary School, one went to Somerset Intermediate and the other went to Washington High School. 

Family friend Sarah Hardy says she felt like a mother to the kids. Hardy added that everyone in the community loved the family, "Everybody in the community was tight with these kids. They were lovable kids, They weren't disrespectful. They were kids that you could take anywhere." 

Hardy started a memorial on the family's doorstep with seven stuffed animals. One for each child that will certainly be missed in this Somerset county community.

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