A Michigan man admitted to stabbing his 5-year-old stepdaughter to death because she was hungry and wanted something to eat.
Thomas McClellan, 25, stabbed Luna Michelle Younger and set her lifeless body on fire inside their home last year.
Recordings from an interview between Detective Chuck Buckland of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and McClellan were played Thursday during his murder trial.
In the audio, Detective Buckland began by asking McClellan, “What was so awful about Luna today that you had to kill her?”
After a long silence, he responded: “I told her it wasn’t dinner time.”
McClellan told authorities that Luna knocked on his door around 5 p.m., waking him up from a nap. She planted herself down on the floor and demanded dinner.
“It tipped me over the edge,” McClellan said in the recording, “She gave me more attitude.”
McClellan, who became violently frustrated, knocked Luna to the ground, sat on her hips and stabbed her in the chest multiple times with a pocket knife, killing her.
“What’d she do when you stabbed her?” Buckland asked.
“She cried, and she coughed,” McClellan responded in a monotoned voice, “not very long.”
Cops say McClellan then wrapped the girl’s deceased body in blankets, dumped alcohol on it and set it on fire.
McClellan has been charged with murder, first-degree child abuse, and first-degree arson and faces up to life imprisonment if convicted.
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