Father Accidentally Texts Boss Asking For Help To Murder His Wife And 4-Year Old Daughter Instaead Of Hitman He Hired

A murder plot devised by a father was exposed when he accidentally texted his former employer instead of his hitman, court documents suggest.

Jeff Lytle, of Monroe, Washington, reportedly intended to text a man named Shayne.

Prosecutors say he'd hired the man to kill his wife and four-year-old daughter for their $1.5 million life insurance payout.

His wife has been identified on social media as Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lydle. 

Instead, the text message about the sinister plan was sent to his ex-boss, who brought the message to the police, leading to Lytle's arrest on Wednesday.

The text allegedly said: 'Hey Shayne hows it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I'm going to take you up on that offer,' KIRO 7 reported.

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 , the documents suggest.

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.