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Princess Anne Tragic Deaths Leads to New Carbon Monoxide Law

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary that a Princess Anne father and his seven children were tragically killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.

Police went to the family's home on Antioch Avenue after a missing persons report was filed after Rodney Todd failed to show up for work for several days. Police found the home being heated by a gas powered generator Todd had placed inside the house. 

Family members said at the time Todd's electricity had been cut off due to non-payment. Since the tragic deaths of Todd and his children, questions have been raised about the electricity being cut off and the home not having a carbon monoxide detector. 

One year later, new legislation is moving through the Maryland General Assembly addressing the issue of carbon monoxide detector requirements. Senate Bill 182 and a companion bill, House Bill 849 would require landlords to install either hard-wired or plug in carbon monoxide detectors in rental homes. It also would require secondary back-up batteries in those units. 

Warren Ballard lives in Princess Anne and said the new law is needed. 

"I think it's something that's really especially needed. I think it's very appropriate and I think legislation should pass and I think it should be up to the landlord to put them in," Ballard said.

The carbon monoxide law is expected to get final approval before the legislative session ends April 11. 

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