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Man accused in death of Jordyn Dumont pleads not guilty

William "Skip" McCullen (Gaston County Jail) William "Skip" McCullen (Gaston County Jail)
Jordyn Dumont (Source: Family) Jordyn Dumont (Source: Family)
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The man accused of killing a 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont in Gaston County has pleaded not guilty.

William "Skip" McCullen, 25, is charged with murder in Dumont's death. He was the boyfriend of her mother when the little girl was killed.

Investigators say 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.

An autopsy report released earlier this month stated that she died of blunt force abdominal injuries due to assault.

According to the autopsy, Dumont was found wrapped in a fitted black sheet in a hole beneath several broken tree limbs and dry leaves.

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She was dressed in a long sleeve white shirt with the words "Best Big Sister," according to the report, and had "multiple contusions to the abdomen, bilateral arms and legs. Vomit was noted in the mouth and nose."

Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) previously 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." 

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Dumont's family moved into the home on Bess Town Road in November 2015. Police said officers were called to the home 16 times before she was reported missing on August 15.

McCullen is being held under a 2 million dollar secured bond. His next court date is in January.

The trial is expected to begin in late 2017 or early 2018. Prosecutors are seeking life in prison.

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