Skip McCullen Sentenced To Life In Prison In Murder of 3-Year-Old Jordyn Dumont

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A jury has found Skip McCullen, the man accused of killing three-year-old Jordyn Dumont in Gaston County, guilty of first degree murder by torture.  He was sentenced to life in prison.  McCullen says he will appeal the conviction.

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SHELBY, N.C. – On day three of the Jordyn Dumont murder trial, prosecutors called the medical examiner to the stand. Dr. Jonathan Privette performed an autopsy on the three-year-old, and reported at least 60 bruises on her body. Internally, there was more: hemorrhages and lacerated organs. Privette told the court that 32 pound Dumont died from blunt force trauma that caused her to bleed to death internally.

Prosecutors asked how long it took the little girl to die. Privette replied, “It wouldn’t have been instantaneous, but we’re talking minutes as opposed to hours.”

The Medical Examiner was the final witness to take the stand.

Suspect Skip McCullen, Dumont’s mother’s then live-in boyfiend, confirmed Friday he would not testify. The jury has already heard from him, from the 911 call he made to report the girl missing in August 2016, (he tells the operator, “My oldest daughter, I was taking a nap, I just woke up and I can’t find her anywhere.”) to the bogus suspects he named to try to distract police, to the various stories he told detectives.

Gaston Co. Police Detective Brian Dalton says first McCullent told him, “He was, in a playful manner, swinging Jordyn by her hands in the living room and that she hit her head.” And then, “He went over basically to give her a spanking, and she was resisting, squirming, and that he punched her 2 or 3 times in the stomach, hard.”

McCullen’s attorney hasn’t put on a defense, and asked the judge Friday to dismiss the case. The judge declined. Brent Ratchford said he would ask for jurors to consider second degree murder, saying his client didn’t commit first degree murder by torture.

Gaston Co. Assistant District Attorney Debbie Gulledge replied, “The defendant’s plan to inflict suffering upon another was very clear when he made comments to the detectives like ‘Well, she had disobeyed me and I wanted to leave a bruise,’ and ‘I knew it hurt her and kept going.'”

Dumont’s mother, Jaylene Dumont, has not been in court for the trial. Jordyn’s biological father, who lives in Illinois, has been there every day. Closing arguments will be made Monday, and then the case will be in the hands of the jury. McCullen could get life behind bars if convicted.