• Father charged in dirt makes appearance on stalking teen charges

    By: Ken Lemon


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local mother said she is outraged after police charged a Lincoln County father with stalking her teenage daughter.

    Jordan Arwood was charged just weeks after he was arrested for an incident in which dirt collapsed, killing his young daughter and nephew.

    Monday's court hearing is the first time in two weeks the 17-year-old mother has seen Arwood, the man she once called her boyfriend, but now she calls him a stalker.

    She got a court order to keep him away from her.

    She asked us not to show his face.

    "I didn't really want to see him, but I guess I'm glad I did," said the teenager.

    Last spring, she was 16 and pregnant with Arwood's child when a wall of dirt collapsed at Arwood's home near Stanley.

    His daughter Chloe Arwood and her cousin James Caldwell died under the wall investigators said Arwood dug to build a home without a permit.

    The teen said when Arwood was charged with involuntarily manslaughter, he became troubled.

    "He would text and call me nonstop. He would text and call other family members," she said.

    She said the 32-year-old went to her school, checked the sign-in sheet to see if she was there, and asked personal questions about her.

    The principal sent a letter telling him to stay away.

    She wrote, "I do not feel you have a valid reason to be on the campus."

    The teen said he even showed up at her job demanding her attention.

    She said he got angry and broke a beer bottle against her car.

    The teen's parents said they didn't approve of the relationship before, and the alleged stalking now.

    "I don't want to have to go to work worrying about her," said her mother.

    The teen said she is concerned for her child, "because if he is stalking me I don't know what extreme he would go to be around her."

    She wants the stalking hearing over soon.

    On Monday morning, the court case was continued until next month.

    A trial date has not been set for the involuntary manslaughter charges.

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