Police Disgusted By Father's Reason For Killing 5-Year-Old

A five-year-old girl from Michigan is dead, and her stepfather has been convicted of her murder. According to reports, the child told her stepfather that she was hungry and asked for food. It wasn't time for dinner, so the man says he snapped and stabbed the girl to death.

Thomas McClellan was found guilty of first-degree child abuse, first-degree 'open' murder, and arson. The stepfather told police he 'snapped' when his five-year-old step-daughter wanted to eat and appeared to have an attitude.

McClellan was home alone with Luna Younger, the daughter of his wife, Victoria King. King and McClellan had been married for about three months, and were embroiled in a bitter argument that day. Then King went to work, leaving little Luna home with her stepfather.

At around 5 pm, on November 1, 2016, Luna approached McClellan and asked him for something to eat. McClellan himself explained what triggered the violence to police Detective Charles Buckland.

"What was so awful about Luna today that you had to kill her," Buckland asked the step-dad. "I don't wanna guess something, Tom. I wanna hear it from you."

McClellan was silent for a while. Detective Buckland urged him, "What'd she do, Tom?"

"I told her it wasn't dinner time," McClellan finally responded.

He explained that the girl came into his room and told him she was hungry. McClellan tried to get her to leave, but Luna sat on the floor and refused. The stepfather tried nudging and pushing the child, but the hungry girl didn't want to budge.

"It tipped me over the edge," McClellan said. "She gave me more attitude."

McClellan then says he snapped at that point. He grabbed the kindergartener and threw her down on the floor, sat on top of her and stabbed her in the chest multiple times with his pocket knife.

"What'd she do when you stabbed her," Detective Buckland asked.

"She cried, and she coughed," McClellan responded. "Not very long."

McClellan's guilt was never in question, but lawyers argued to the degree of his guilt. The prosecutor argued he should be convicted of first-degree murder, while the defense attorney argued he should be found guilty of second-degree murder.

The prosecutor argued that after the murder, McClelland's behavior was too calculated. He attempted to destroy evidence. He showered, put the child's small body in a bag and covered it with blankets. He poured vodka over the bundle and lit it on fire to destroy the evidence.

McClellan then left the home, disposed of his cell phone and withdrew money from an ATM. He purchased a new cell phone and checked into a motel. Later, he turned himself in to police and confessed.

The defense attorney notes McClellan checked into the hotel under his real name, and that his behavior after the murder was 'panicked' and 'haphazard'.

The prosecutor says the defendant 'did not run out of his room bloody, scared or panicked', but was very methodical.

McClellan was ultimately convicted of first-degree murder, which carries a significantly heftier sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for August 23, and the former stepfather faces life in prison.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: Inside Edition

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