Thomas McClellan of Delhi Township, Michigan has been charged with killing his wife’s 5-year-old daughter and setting a fire in their apartment.
According to police, the little 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.
McClellan became enraged when his stepdaughter Luna Younger refused to leave his room after asking him for some food on Nov. 1, Ingham County Det. Chuck Buckland told Magistrate Mark Blumer in Mason.
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.
An obituary for Luna Younger described her as a “happy kindergartener” who “loved school.”
“Recess, math and lunch were the favorite parts of her day,” the obituary reads. “This sweet angel will be missed forever by her family and friends.”
A donation fund for her family rapidly exceeded its goal of $7,000 and had collected nearly $12,000 as of Thursday evening.