Father of deceased child in Lincoln Co. dirt collapse arrested

Father of deceased child in Lincoln Co. dirt collapse arrested

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by NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:32 PM

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. -- The father of one of the children killed when a wall of dirt collapsed on top of them while playing in a construction site has been arrested.

Jordan Keeley Arwood, 31, father of 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood, has been arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and manufacture a Schedule I controlled substance.

Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department spent that Monday afternoon investigating what Jordan was building at the site. During their investigation, officials seized six firearms, including an AR-15 rifle and marijuana plants from his home.

He was booked in to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

Authorities also found Jordan did not have the building permits necessary for the construction work being done at the site.

Authorities recovered the bodies of two children who were trapped when a wall of dirt fell on them while playing in a hole at a home construction site in eastern Lincoln County.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said the bodies and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell were pulled last Monday from a 24-foot-deep pit in an excavated basement under construction near their grandparents' home.

The home is on Cedarbrook Court in the community of Lucia, between Stanley and Lake Norman.

Aerial video from the NBC Charlotte helicopter showed a pit roughly 20-30 feet deep, with one side caved in.

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