Thursday 19 April 2018

Stepdad 'stabbed five-year-old stepdaughter and then set her alight after she asked for food'

Luna (5) was desvribed as a
Luna (5) was desvribed as a "happy kindergartener"
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A five-year-old girl was stabbed and allegedly set on fire by her stepdad after asking for something to eat.

Luna Younger (5) was allegedly killed by stepdad Thomas McClellan (25) after he became enraged with her on November 1.

According to local reports the 25-year-old told investigators he wrestled Luna to the ground, sat on her hips and stabbed her.

He then covered her dead body with blankets, poured vodka on the pile and set it on fire, the court heard.

Luna (5) was killed by her stepdad
Luna (5) was killed by her stepdad

Firefighters were called to the house that McClellan shared with his wife Victoria who was at work at the time, according to NY Daily News.

McClellan, who does not have a criminal history, has been charged with murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson in Younger's death and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The five-year-old's obituary says she was a "happy kindergartener" who loves maths, recess and lunch.

"This sweet angel will be missed forever by her family and friends."

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