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Home Where Father, 7 Kids Died, Removed from Princess Anne

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This now vacant lot used to be the location of a home where a father and his seven children died from carbon monoxide poisoning. (Photo: WBOC) This now vacant lot used to be the location of a home where a father and his seven children died from carbon monoxide poisoning. (Photo: WBOC)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The company that owns the home where a father and his seven children died from carbon monoxide poisoning back in April has removed the home from Princess Anne.

For a while the end of Antioch Avenue was an emotionally painful place for people to walk or even drive by in town. Rodney Todd and his seven children, ranging in age from 6 to their teens, lived and died in a home that was recently hauled away. The family died from carbon monoxide that came from a generator in the kitchen.

Joel Thomas Collins of Princess Anne knew the family well. He tells WBOC it was not easy passing the house when it was there.

 "Every time I walked by, all I could think about was the kids dying in there; I'm sorry that this happened to them," Collins said.

Gilkerson Properties LLC, based in Salisbury, owns the single-story home. It looks very similar to one that was recently moved to Highland Avenue in Delmar, Md. The company and its attorney will not confirm, but neighbors tell WBOC it arrived days ago, the same time the home was removed from Princess Anne.

Some people are not happy about it.

"We don't need this mess in Delmar," Betty Showell said. "They need to move it back where it came from."

"It seems like maybe it could have just been torn down," said Margie Wilson.

While the company refused to answer questions about the future of the house, Wicomico County Code Enforcement Officer Pate Matthew said it is perfectly legal for the same home to be rented out without disclosure of its history to prospective renters.

"I don't think I would want to live there to be honest with you," Wilson said.

Back in Princess Anne, Gilkerson Properties donated the land to the town. Garland Hayward, president of the town's commissioners, said his board will soon discuss their next course of action.

"I've had some people talk about a community garden, possibly a park," said Hayward, who said suggestions about a memorial playground have been made by people in the community.

A final decision is not expected for the next few months.

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