GASTONIA, NC (WCMH/AP) — Gaston County police say they have found the remains thought to be those of a missing 3-year-old girl, and that the boyfriend of the girl’s mother is charged in her death.
Police say William Joseph McCullen, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Ann Dumont. The toddler was reported missing from her Bessemer City home on Monday. McCullen is jailed without bond and it’s not known if he has an attorney.
Officials say McCullen, who was caring for the child, told police he put Jordan down for a nap on Monday and then fell asleep. He says when he woke up, he realized she was missing and said the front door was open. He reported her missing around 3:30pm that afternoon.
Searchers looked for the child until late Monday night. Gaston County Police Chief Joseph Ramey told volunteers Tuesday morning that a child’s remains had been found near the girl’s home.
The medical examiner’s office is now working to determine the cause of death.