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Father of deceased child in dirt collapse appears in Lincoln Co. court

By Richard Devayne
WCNC-TV

As a community continues to mourn the deaths of two young children killed when a dirt wall collapsed on top of them, the father of one of the children appeared in court facing gun and weapons charges.

Jordan Keely Arwood, 31, sat in Courtroom 1 in the Lincoln County Courthouse Tuesday morning, wearing a black, short sleeve shirt, sitting quietly in the third row.

Occasionally he would lean over as his mother whispered in his ear, but for the most part Arwood stared at the floor. As he left court all Arwood would say was "I'll speak at a later time."

Arwood's daughter, 6-year-old Chloe and nephew, 7-year-old James Caldwell died when hundreds of pounds of dirt collapsed on them as they played in a 25-foot-deep hole that Arwood was digging in his back yard.

The Sheriff's Office is still investigating the collapse and could bring additional charges against Arwood after the investigation is turned over to a Lincoln County Grand Jury.

But Arwood's attorney said that his client is still in shock about what happened to "his kids".

"He's just devastated. He really feels devastated from the events of the other week." said J.T. Wilson

Monday afternoon, Lincoln County Sheriff deputies arrested Arwood on charges of weapon possession by a felon and possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture.

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