Gag Order issued in Jordyn Dumont murder case

Gag Order issued in Jordyn Dumont murder case

GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A gag order was issued in the case of slain Gaston County toddler Jordyn Dumont, officials confirmed Thursday.

The order, filed in Gaston County Superior Court Thursday, bars any employee, supervisor, or director of the Gaston County Department of Social Service, the Gaston County Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation from talking about the case.

The order requires all parties to not discuss case without approval by the court.

In a statement from Gaston DHHS, Director Christopher Dobbins said there's "a lot of information" they can not share for legal reasons. But they say they understand that people are frustrated and want to know more details.

"We understand the public's frustration and desire to know more about this tragic case, especially since we are all accustomed to having immediate access to news and information; but, like you, what we want most is to ensure justice is done for Jordyn," Dobbins said in a statement.

Dumont's mother's boyfriend, 25-year-old William "Skip" McCullen, was charged with murder in the case after the three-year-old girl's remains were found near her home on Bess Town Road.

McCullen initially reported the toddler missing in an emotional 911 call August 15, saying he fell asleep and the girl was missing when he woke up. Her remains were found the next day.

Preliminary autopsy results indicated Dumont died of blunt force trauma. McCullen was indicted by a Grand Jury Tuesday.

Gaston County DA Locke Bell said Jordyn's body was not visible where it was found. Bell said an officer noticed something that made him look at the area more closely. Bell would not elaborate any further.

Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) also released information about a case involving Dumont. Officials said DHHS made five unannounced visits to the home between March 18 and May 19 in 2016 for "suspected neglect due to improper supervision and substance abuse."

"The Department found no evidence the children lacked appropriate supervision or were impacted by parental substance abuse," the release states. "References, including family members and a neighbor, were contacted and reported having no concerns with the children or parents."

The release goes on to say the assessment was completed and the case was closed on May 20. The department "found the family to have stable housing, the ability to meet basic needs, family support, and employment for Mr. McCullen."

Along with stating the "children should maintain regular medical care, and the parents should maintain positive communication," DHHS said the department made recommendations that "the family should maintain a drug-free home and sober adult supervision for the children," and that "Mr. McCullen should obtain a substance abuse assessment and comply with any recommendations."

The preliminary autopsy results and the DHHS statement came just hours after police released 911 call records, showing officers were called to the home of the slain toddler more than a dozen times in the short time she lived there, but reportedly not for abuse.

Inquiries ranged from trespassing to calls about a stolen car. Twice during June 2016, the child's father called police asking them to check on the welfare of the child.

After charges were brought against McCullen, investigators said they believe Jordyn's death occurred "prior to being placed where she was found."

The Gaston County DA also confirmed that his office has not received any evidence of wrongdoing by the mother, Jaylene Dumont, in the case.

Dobbins said his department will continue to comply with laws and court orders.

"We would like to state very clearly that what we want here is for the person or persons responsible for this child's death to be held accountable."

After the trial, the state and local Child Fatality Prevention Teams will investigate the case, according to Dobbins. He said their investigation will look into the DHHS' involvement in the case and systems they have in place to determine if something else could have been done by local agencies to prevent Jordyn's death.

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