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In this image made from video and provided by WSOC-TV Charlotte, authorities worked Sunday night in hopes to save the children.

Cousins, 6 and 7, found dead in collapsed pit

STANLEY, N.C. – Authorities are investigating the collapse of a deep pit that buried two young cousins at a home construction site in North Carolina.

The bodies of 6-year-old Chloe Jade Arwood and 7-year-old James Levi Caldwell were pulled Monday from a 24-foot-deep pit in the town of Stanley, outside of Charlotte.

Crews had been searching for the children since Sunday afternoon, when the girl’s father Jordan Arwood called 911 to report the collapse. Officials were on the scene within minutes but couldn’t get to the children.

Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter says investigators are following up on reports from neighbors that the father was digging the two-story-deep pit for some type of protective bunker.

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