Father Says He Tried To Save NC Kids Buried In Dirt

7:10 AM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood of Gastonia, and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell of Stanley. Courtesy WBTV
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Stanley, NC -- The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep hole that collapsed says he's haunted by the images of the accident that killed his daughter and her cousin.

Thirty-one-year-old Jordan Arwood of Stanley was operating a backhoe Sunday night 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.

Arwood is the girl's father.

In his first media interview, Arwood told The Associated Press he tried to save the children but they were outside his reach.

Sheriff's deputies on Monday removed firearms and a marijuana plant from Arwood's mobile home. Arwood is a felon who isn't allowed to have guns.

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