The murder plot, devised by a father, was exposed when he accidentally texted his former employer instead of his hitman.
Jeff Lytle, of Monroe, Washington, reportedly intended to text a man named Shayne to kill his wife Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lydle and their little daughter.
Prosecutors say he’d hired the man to kill his wife and four-year-old daughter for their $1.5 million life insurance payout.
Court documents suggests that Lytle, 42, allegedly promised to split the money 50/50 with Shayne, and told the man when his wife usually returns home from work at Wal-Mart.
He allegedly planned for their deaths to be staged as an accident, or a ‘robbery gone wrong’.
When interviewed by police, Lytle said that his four-year-old daughter might have sent the messages.
He then said that he was only sending them to ‘vent’, and did not intend to actually go through with the murderous plot.
Lytle has since been booked into Snohomish County jail and is being held under investigation for two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree murder.