Man accused of killing stepdaughter, starting fire will face trial

Luna Younger (Photo: Holt Schools via WLNS)

MASON, MI (WLNS) – The Michigan man accused of stabbing his stepdaughter to death and then starting a fire to hide the crime will go to trial.


Thursday, 25-year-old Thomas McClellan of Delhi Township, Michigan was in court for his preliminary examination on charges of Open Murder, Child Abuse and Arson.

He could be sentenced to life in prison on each charge.

According to investigators, 5-year-old Luna Younger was stabbed to death in early November.

Police say a fire was set in an attempt to destroy evidence.

McClellan is married to the mother of the child and the girl was his step-daughter.

McClellan is a graduate of Everett High School and was employed at a Lansing restaurant.

He was identified as a suspect soon after the child’s body was found by firefighters in the Old Orchard Apartment Complex. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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