CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The confession of an accused killer was played in court for jurors Thursday in the Jordyn Dumont trial.
In the video, William McCullen confesses to punching and throwing the 3-year-old girl into a chair. McCullen told investigators that he became angry at Jordan because she wouldn't eat or take a nap.
"I did not want to kill my daughter. I'm not this monster."
That's what McCullen told investigators while confessing that he intentionally injured 3-year-old Jordyn Dumont.
Detectives say McCullen called them from his jail cell in August 2016 and said he wanted to talk. That was just one day after the 3-year-old's body was found buried in a shallow grave in the woods not far from where she shared a home with McCullen, her mother's live-in boyfriend.
"I lost my temper, but I never planned nothing."
McCullen is charged with first-degree murder. In the interrogation video played before the jury Thursday afternoon, McCullen first told detectives he was playing with Jordyn, swinging her around when she fell and hit her head. He said he tried to perform CPR when he noticed she wasn't breathing.
Eventually McCullen cracked and told investigators that he got mad and threw Jordyn into a chair before punching her in the stomach multiple times.
In the courtroom, McCullen watched some of the interrogation video, but at times averted his gaze. Jordyn's biological father cried in court as he heard the details of how his daughter died.