GASTON COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The man convicted of killing Jordyn Dumont and her biological mother have both been named in a lawsuit that was filed by Josh Kinnett, just hours after a jury handed down a guilty verdict in the 3-year-old girl's death, according to the Gaston County clerk of civil court.
William "Billy" McCullen and Jaylene Dumont were named in the wrongful death suit filed on Monday by Kinnett, Jordyn's biological father.
"I just want closure and [the] truth about what happened to her and who would take her from us," Kinnett had said to FOX 46 Charlotte back in August 2016 before Jordyn's body was found.
McCullen was found guilty of first-degree murder Monday and sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury deliberated for less than 20 minutes inside a Cleveland County courtroom.
McCullen was the boyfriend of Jordyn Dumont's mother. Investigators said he called 911 to say the 3-year-old girl went missing while he was asleep. After days of searching, the child's body was found in a shallow grave near her home.
An autopsy report showed that Jordyn died from blunt force injuries, internal bleeding, and more than 60 bruises on her chest, hands, and legs.
McCullen didn’t apologize when he was given a chance to speak on Monday in court. He just said he wanted to appeal the verdict and sentencing.