Dad arrested on gun, drug charges a week after deadly pit collapse

STANLEY, N.C. (WBTV) - A Lincoln County man, who was digging a two-story-deep pit on his property when it collapsed, killing two children, has now been arrested on unrelated charges.

31-year-old Jordan Arwood was arrested by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Monday. He was charged with possession of a weapon by a felon and a drug charge.

He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

Last week, deputies removed firearms and a marijuana plant from Arwood's mobile home. Officers say they found six firearms, including an AR-15 rifle.

Arwood's 6-year-old daughter, Chloe Jade Arwood, and his nephew, 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell, were fatally buried when the rain-soaked walls of the pit collapsed last Sunday evening.

Arwood was operating a backhoe Sunday night in the pit when the walls collapsed and he called 911.

The bodies of the two young cousins, 6-year-old and  were dug out Monday morning.

The investigation into the deaths of two young children is continuing.  When the investigation is completed the information will be turned over to the District Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed.

Arwood's first court appearance will be Tuesday in Lincoln County District Court.

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