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Man kills his 5-year-old stepdaughter and sets her on fire with vodka because she kept asking for food

By Mason White 2:42 PM January 1, 2017
Thomas McClellan and Luna Michelle Younge
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A young girl was killed by her stepfather after she asked for food because she was hungry.

Thomas McClellan, 25, of Holt, Michigan, was babysitting his wife’s 5-year-old daughter Luna Michelle Younger, when he killed her.

According to Detective Chuck Buckland, McClellan “snapped” when the hungry girl repeatedly asked for food.

He ordered the girl to leave his room, but she refused until she is given food. He then killed her.

McClellan then covered the girl’s body with blankets and paper towels, poured vodka on them, and started a fire.

A medical examiner said that Younger was stabbed at least five times, which caused her death. She was already dead when McClellan set her on fire to hide evidence.

Firefighter Corey Drolett said that when he arrived at the home, he searched for the girl under the bed and in a closet before he found the charred body under the blankets.

The girl’s mother, Victoria McClellan, told the court that her husband Thomas, had a very “fatherly” relationship with her daughter before he killed her.

Thomas is being held on charges of murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson. He now faces life in prison.


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