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North Carolina dad of collapse victims faces firearm, drug charges

Jordan Arwood is seen with his daughter Chloe. Chloe and her cousin James Levi Caldwell were buried alive and died as a wall of dirt collapsed on them Sunday April 7, 2013.

Jordan Arwood is seen with his daughter Chloe. Chloe and her cousin James Levi Caldwell were buried alive and died as a wall of dirt collapsed on them Sunday April 7, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jordan Arwood)

The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep hole that collapsed killing his daughter and her cousin is facing drug and firearms charges.

The Lincoln County sheriff's department says 31-year-old Jordan Arwood of Stanley is charged with possession of a gun by a felon, and making a controlled substance. He's being held in the county jail on $20,000 bond.

Arwood was operating a backhoe in a pit last week 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 the next day.

At the time, Arwood recalled finding his daughter. "I just wanted for her to be warm. I just wanted to put my arms around her and tell her she would be safe....I promised her I'd keep her safe. I promised them I'd keep them safe and warm. I broke that promise."  He said he wished it had been him instead of the kids.

While investigating the accident, sheriff's deputies removed guns and a marijuana plant from Arwood's home.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report