Children Accidentally Buried to Death in Dirt Hole When Dad Was Working on Home Renovation (VIDEO)

dirt pitTwo children went missing after a dirt wall fell over them near a construction site in North Carolina over the weekend. This morning we have closure on those two kids, a 6-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. But it's a tragic kind of closure. After a frantic search through the night, the children's bodies were recovered from a dirt pit about 24 feet deep.

Sunday afternoon a man who had been digging the hole with a backhoe called 911 to report the collapse. It happened while the children were at the bottom of the 20-feet-wide pit, retrieving a child-sized pick axe. The boy was his son, and the girl his neice.

According to neighbors' reports, the cousins often played in the pit while the boy's father was working. The father of the children's babysitter had warned his daughter to avoid the area. "I told Chelsea not to go in. It was dangerous. There was nothing to reinforce those walls." I wonder if Chelsea's father ever thought to warn the dead boy's father about the dangers, as well?

This looks like a tragic parenting fail. No one wants to pile on blame and harsh judgment on these kids' parents, who are no doubt grieving over this terrible loss. But you just can't help wondering why these kids were allowed to play in a construction area. Even then, why not at least add support to the dirt walls? The man responsible for this tragedy must not have realized how dangerous the situation really was. That's all I can think.

Terrible, random accidents kill children all the time. But when children die from a preventable accident, it doubles the tragedy. For the rest of their lives, those parents will be replaying the scenes from this weekend over and over again in their minds. They will desperately wish they'd never allowed their kids anywhere near the site. I hope the people around them treat them with compassion -- and I hope other parents pay attention and learn something.

Would you have known a dirt pit can collapse, or would you have thought it was safe, too?


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dreamsky dreamsky

Nothing is safe. I analyze every possible accident that could happen to my kids and then make the choice to let them play or not. I'm very overbearing like that. And as you guessed it, it's when I let my guard down that they get hurt. Some situations are just common sense. You don't do that. You just don't. Now these parents have to live the rest of their lives without their children. I try to do the best I can, because I could never live with myself if something I did hurt my kids. I'm not perfect but all I can do is try my best and hope for the best. My prayers and heart go out to the families of theses two beautiful babies who died so tragically.

nonmember avatar IslandMomOf4

A construction site is no place for children to play, EVER!!

Kevin Copeman

not trying to be a douche but why was the hole not benched..(4 by 4 foot incline to stop cave ins on dirt holes)????


Heather Estes

It seems like every week this site posts some gruesome story about children dying in some horrible way, and then in the comments tons of horrified parents pile on their riteous indignation.  Either the person who is obsessed with posting the gruesome child deaths is ghoulish or will pimp out the memories of dead children for page hits.  I thought cafemom would be a more positive place to talk about parenting not to condemn parents of dead children.  

Cherr... CherriBlossom

I am the kind of person - in general - who lives her life asking "what if" questions on the daily. 

My first thought wouldn't have been "it might cave in" it would have been "what IF it caved in?"

There are certain things I allow my daughter to do, despite the "common dangers" (like, falling down the steps at the park, or walking into the wall xD) but if it's something that dramatic? I always say "what if" - you just never know! 

nonmember avatar dkay

Mountain Dew and Crystal Meth must be prevalent diet in the Carolina's too -- all interviewed had no teeth! sounds like a very rural, harsh place to live, suspect parents didnt know better about the dangers, couldnt do any better if they knew no better.

nonmember avatar ashley

i have two children and i watch them at all times a construction site is no place for kids to play anything could happen and look what did happen parents lost their children cause they was allowed to play in a deep hole what was the parents thinking

Leah Brimhall

I don't want to be rude. But don't you think posting this is rude?Especially to the parents that lost their children. Accidents happen everyday,even on playgrounds. Does that mean if my child passed away in a playground accident that I have failed as a parent? Adriana you are a heartless judgemental person. Do you have any idea what this family is going through? How would you feel in their shoes, reading this post?

Venae Venae

What kind of a moron thinks - hey, kids, play in this giant pit I'm digging w/a backhoe?

rende... render_k24

Heather Estes I agree with you 100%!!!!!! This site is just a site for bullies to judge and pick on other people....but then scoff at child bullies.

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