A North Carolina father was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday following an April incident during which a two-story-deep dirt hole that he was digging collapsed and killed his daughter and her cousin.
Jordan Arwood, 31, is being held in Lincoln County jail on a $15,000 bond. “I'm going to continue to take care of my family and be a good father and be the best role model I can be for everybody," Arwood said.
"As our investigation continues in this case, we are obligated by law to protect the rights of the two innocent victims that lost their lives on that day,” said Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter. "This has been a very tragic event and we continue to pray for all persons involved with this as our investigation is turned over to the courts."
Arwood was digging the oversized pit with a backhoe when the walls caved in on 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell. Arwood claims he was digging the hole because he was using the dirt to shape the foundation of a rammed earth home and that he was working on the hole for three months.
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During their investigation of the property, sheriff's deputies discovered guns and a marijuana plant at Arwood's home, Fox News reported. He was charged with possession of a gun by a felon and making a controlled substance.