Trial Begins For Man Accused of Murdering A Gaston County Toddler

GASTON COUNTY, NC– Jury selection is expected to wrap up Tuesday in the trial of the man charged with murdering a Gaston County toddler. Attorneys need to choose two alternate jurors.

August 16th, 2016 Jordyn Dumont’s body was found in a shallow grave in the woods only a few hundred yards from her home near Bessemer City. Cynthia Tessner was part of the massive search for the three-year-old girl.

“Hit too close to home. We’re all out there searching, crying our eyes out,” says Tessner.

A jury of seven women and five men were seated Monday in the trial of William “Skip” McCullen. At the time, he was the boyfriend of Jordyn’s mother. Police say at first, McCullen reported the toddler missing. Investigators didn’t buy his story that Jordyn wandered out after he fell asleep in the afternoon.

According to the autopsy report: the little girl was wrapped in a black fitted sheet, buried under leaves and broken tree limbs. Jordyn’s official cause of death is blunt force injuries due to assault.

Because of pre-trial publicity, the trial was moved to Cleveland County. Tessner says the community wants answers, and justice for Jordyn.

“It’s heartbreaking to see her not there knowing that she didn’t get a chance to live her life that she was given.”

A gag order was put on the case. That means police, prosecutors, or anyone involved is not allowed to talk about it. If McCullen is convicted of first-degree murder, he faces life in prison.