Dad Charged in Children's Dirt-Pit Deaths
Jordan Arwood hit with two counts of involuntary manslaughter
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Jordan Arwood, with his daughter Chloe.   (AP Photo/Jordan Arwood)

(Newser) – Five months after the deaths of his daughter and nephew, a North Carolina man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Police say Jordan Arwood, 31, had been digging with a backhoe, and without building permits, near where James Caldwell, 7, and Chloe Arwood, 6, were playing in a two-story-deep hole. One of the walls of the hole collapsed, trapping them underneath; it took 13 hours to find their bodies. The AP reports that Arwood had said he was building a rammed earth home; neighbors tell the Charlotte Observer he was building a three-story home and planned to have two of those stories be underground; police speculate he may have intended to build a bunker.

Sheriff's deputies removed guns and a marijuana plant from Arwood's home during the investigation, and he was previously arrested on drug and firearms charges. "We are obligated by law to protect the rights of the two innocent victims that lost their lives on that day," the county sheriff said in a statement," but some of Arwood's neighbors don't see justice. One tells WSOC that the "accidental" event "is enough for him to have to live with the rest of his life."

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Tabbico
Sep 21, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
OK Newser, once again your sentence structure confounds me: "Police say Jordan Arwood, 31, had been digging with a backhoe, and without building permits, near where James Caldwell, 7, and Chloe Arwood, 6, were playing in a two-story-deep hole." It sounds like Jordan was digging with a backhoe at a different location ("near") where the children were playing in a hole that somehow already existed. Did Jordan dig the first hole? Had it been there for a while? What difference did it make that he was digging near the first hole that the children were playing in? Did his digging near the first hole cause the walls of the first hole to collapse? Please try to write more clearly!!!!!
taramas
Sep 20, 2013 3:24 PM CDT
Apparently the kids went down into the hole after a child-sized pick axe that was down there...sounds like a plan hatched by Wile E. Coyote. The bottom line is the type of people who will build a DIY 2 story bunker while they let children run around shouldn't be allowed to be in possession of children OR a backhoe
hhclrwtr
Sep 20, 2013 2:54 PM CDT
What I say is shit happens. How many kids die in backyard swimming pools, or get hit by cars. What does a gun & some pot have to do with it. This guy has suffered a fate worst then anything I've ever had to endure. Leave him alone. Liberal news media, lets see if they can make it worst.