Father charged after two children killed when dirt pit collapsed

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Jordan Keely Arwood, 31, of Stanley

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — The father of one of the children killed after playing in a large dirt pit in Lincoln County has been charged with two counts felony involuntary manslaughter, according to WSOC-TV.

Warrants were served Thursday on Jordan Keely Arwood, 31, of Stanley, when he turned himself in at the sheriff’s office.

Detectives said they determined Arwood showed culpable negligence in the deaths of 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell and 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood.

The children had been playing in a large dirt pit on April 7 while Arwood was working at the site using a backhoe to dig and move dirt.

One wall of the pit collapsed, trapping the young children underneath. WSOC-TV reported that it took rescuers and emergency services personnel more than 12 hours to locate the bodies of the children.

Arwood was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 secured bond.

Source: WSOC-TV

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