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Man ‘stabbed stepdaughter, 5, to death and set her body alight because she asked for a snack’

Simon Robb

Luna Younger A 5-year-old Michigan girl had just asked her stepfather for something to eat when he allegedly "snapped," stabbed her to death and set her lifeless body on fire to cover up the gruesome crime, officials said Thursday. Thomas McClellan became enraged when stepdaughter Luna Younger refused to leave his room after asking him for some food on Nov. 1, Ingham County Det. Chuck Buckland told a judge in Mason, according to multiple local reports. The 25-year-old stepfather told investigators he wrestled Younger to the ground, sat on her hips and stabbed her multiple times in the chest. He then covered the girl's dead body with blankets, poured vodka on the pile and set it on fire, Buckland said. Firefighters were called as flames spread through the ground-level apartment McLellan shared with his wife, Victoria McClellan, who was at work at the time
Luna Michelle Younger, 5, asked her stepdad for a snack when he ‘snapped’ (Picture: Facebook)
A man stabbed his five-year-old stepdaughter to death and set her body alight because she kept asking him for food, a court heard.
Thomas McClellan is said to have ‘snapped’ when Luna Michelle Younger refused to leave his room until he gave her food, Detective Chuck Buckland told the judge.
The 25-year-old allegedly wrestled the girl to the ground and stabbed her five times in the chest.
He then covered her body with blankets, poured vodka on the pile and set it on fire in the bathtub, Buckland added at the preliminary hearing.
The girl, from Michigan, died of the stab wounds and sustained burns after her death, reports WLNS.
Thomas McClellan A 5-year-old Michigan girl had just asked her stepfather for something to eat when he allegedly "snapped," stabbed her to death and set her lifeless body on fire to cover up the gruesome crime, officials said Thursday. Thomas McClellan became enraged when stepdaughter Luna Younger refused to leave his room after asking him for some food on Nov. 1, Ingham County Det. Chuck Buckland told a judge in Mason, according to multiple local reports. The 25-year-old stepfather told investigators he wrestled Younger to the ground, sat on her hips and stabbed her multiple times in the chest. He then covered the girl's dead body with blankets, poured vodka on the pile and set it on fire, Buckland said. Firefighters were called as flames spread through the ground-level apartment McLellan shared with his wife, Victoria McClellan, who was at work at the time
Thomas McClellan faces life in prison (Picture: Ingham County Sheriff’s Office)
The Delhi Township fire department was called to the scene as the flames spread through the ground floor apartment.
Firefighter Corey Drolett told the court he thought Luna was hiding, until he found her body under the smoldering sheets.
Mother Victoria McClellan said she was at work when her daughter was killed, and the couple had argued earlier that day.
She convinced her husband to turn himself into the police, the court heard.
The stepfather has been charged with murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson.
If found guilty he faces life in prison.

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