NC father of dirt collapse victim faces charges


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Submitted: Fri, 09/20/2013 - 2:51am
Updated: Fri, 09/20/2013 - 2:52am
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep dirt hole that collapsed and killed his daughter and her cousin is facing involuntary manslaughter charges.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter says 31-year-old Jordan Arwood is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Carpenter says the charges were filed Thursday following a lengthy investigation.

Arwood was operating a backhoe in a pit in April when the walls caved in on the children. The bodies of 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell were dug out the next day.

While investigating, sheriff’s deputies removed guns and a marijuana plant from Arwood’s home.

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