Investigation after 2 children die in NC collapse

Associated Press
Fire and rescue personnel make their way down Cedarbrook Court, Monday, April 8, 2013, to the end of the road where two children died when a wall of dirt fell on them while they were playing in a hole at a construction site behind their home, on Sunday, in Stanley, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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STANLEY, N.C. (AP) — While parents grieve the deaths of two North Carolina children buried under a wall of dirt, police are investigating possible charges against the father who was working in the two-story-deep hole when it collapsed.

Thirty-one-year-old Jordan Arwood of Stanley was operating a backhoe Sunday in the pit when the walls caved in on the children. The bodies of the two young cousins, 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell, were dug out Monday morning.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Detective Lt. Tim Johnson said Tuesday investigators are still interviewing people about the case.

Investigators described the pit as 20 feet by 20 feet with a sloped entrance leading down to the 24-foot bottom.

Arwood told The Associated Press in an email he was too distraught to answer questions.

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