Yesha Callahan

MD. Family of 8 Killed in Carbon Monoxide Tragedy; Electricity Was Shut-off Due To Overdue Bill

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A father and his 7 kids were found dead in their Maryland home after being poisoned by carbon monoxide.

Princess Anne Police Chief Scott Keller said seven of the eight victims were children, ranging in age from 6 to 16 years old. The children’s mother, Tyisha Chambers,36, was notified of the deaths.

Rodney Todd, 36, was the father to Cameron Todd, 13, and Zycheim Todd, 7; and girls Tynijuiza Todd, 15; Tykira Todd, 12; Tybree Todd, 10; Tyania Todd, 9; and Tybria Todd, 6.

According to reports, the electricity was shut-off by Delmarva Power because of an overdue bill. The father used generators to heat the house, but overnight it had run out of fuel.

Bonnie Edwards described her son as a loving, caring young man who set an example for his children. “I don’t know anyone his age who would have done what he did for his children,” she said. “I was so proud to say he took care of seven kids.”

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  1. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    This story just breaks my heart. There really is no remedy for the poor and working class in this country.

  2. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    just read this on another comment board, this is so tragic

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      The Internet has allowed people to show all of the ugliness inside their hearts. There are some comments section I don’t read because I know there is nothing but ugliness that has no conscience.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply


        @Anthony: I totally understand why you feel that way and you are correct.

  3. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    When you read about things like this, it is useful to have some faith to help you come to terms with such a tragedy. May they all rest in peace.

  4. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    This is absolutely heartbreaking! I feel and pray for everyone involved.

  5. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    it’s easy to take for granted the risks that poor people face every day just to get by. it’s such a tragedy for a whole family to lose their lives b/c a dad was trying to do all he could to provide with the little he had. winter is barely over, so this dad was just trying to make sure his kids could sleep through the night w/some kind of warmth. God rest their souls. at least it wasn’t a painful death.

  6. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    this tragedy reminds me of that stunt detroit pulled when they shut off people’s water. the poor always suffer the most & get the least bit of compassion. it should be illegal to cut electricity & heating in the winter time, knowing that there are no other alternatives. this dad either had to find some makeshift heat for his family or let them freeze to death. it was a lose-lose situation & they basically paid the ultimate price just for being poor.

  7. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    I feel so deeply for the mom. I can imagine where she wishes she were now.

  8. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    I echo everyone’s sentiment here. I just cannot believe this. I feel so sorry for this family and the ones still among the living. I cannot fathom what the mother is going through.

    This makes me want to start some type of fund to help poor people pay their electricity. It doesn’t make sense in this country that people can’t pay for the basic necessities. This just didn’t have to happen.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply


      i know in st. louis there’s a program called cool down st. louis/heat up st. louis that’s to help seniors, disabled, & low income families pay their heating & cooling bills. there might be something similar in your area.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply


        Me, I live in the largest and poorest counties in NC, and they don’t even have homeless shelter. Isn’t that pitiful? I’m going to check to see if they have something like that here.

        I remember years ago when I worked at the Urban League in Portland, they had an energy assistance program. Every state should have something like that or what you said they have in St. Louis to prevent such a tragedy.

        • April 8, 2015 - Reply


          i agree. every state should have something like that. unfortunately it seems like more & more states are trying to treat poor people like criminals instead of finding real solutions.

          • April 8, 2015 - Reply


            So very true, Me.

  9. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    There are no words to describe the pain that the family of those who passed away are going through. The father was helping his children and the poor have not only suffered mistreatment, but they have readily been scapegoating unfairly too. This story is why I will never believe in massive austerity against the poor and the working class. This story is why society must advance more compassion to families struggling. If big Wall Street banks can receive trillions of dollars in bailouts & other tax subsidies, then working class and poor families can receive some assistance in fulfilling the ideal of altruism.

    RIP to Rodney Todd and his children.

  10. April 9, 2015 - Reply

    Wow, this is incredibly tragic….may they RIP and my heart goes out to their loved ones…wow…

  11. April 11, 2015 - Reply


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