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2 North Carolina children found dead in a pile of dirt

By Mason White 9:49 AM April 9, 2013
James Levi Caldwell and Chloe Jade Arwood 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) 2 little children were found dead in a pile of dirt at a construction site, according to police reports in North Carolina.

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two young cousins ​​who were trapped when a wall of earth fell on them while playing in a hole at a construction site in North Carolina.

Lincoln County Emergency Services spokesperson Dion Burleson said the bodies of a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old, were recovered on Monday from a well, 24 feet deep, in the city of Stanley, on the outskirts of Charlotte.

“This is terrible circumstances,” Burleson told press organizations which were gathered near a rural two-lane road.
The emergency teams had been looking for the children from Sunday afternoon, when one of their parents called police to report the collapse. Officials were on the scene within minutes, but could not reach children.

The father had been digging with an excavator on the site earlier in the day, Sheriff David Carpenter said. He did not say what was being built, or if the man was doing it alone or had professional help.

Burleson described the hole as 20 feet by 20 feet with a sloped entry that led to a depth of 24 feet.
One of the children’s father was identified as Jordan Caldwell. “This is a terrible tragedy. The incident struck two families.

People should learn from this that a construction site is dangerous and should be properly secured. It is very troublesome that these children were allowed to play at the site on a regular basis,” Jack Cooper, 50, of Charlette North Carolina told after reading about the incedent.

Carpenter told the newspaper that “there were several thousand pounds of soil on top of the children.”
The children were identified as James Levi Caldwell, 7 and Chloe Jade Arwood, 6.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view