Upstate mother charged after son crushed to death by dresser

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - An Upstate mother has been charged with homicide by child neglect after her 2-year-old son was killed and 4-year-old daughter injured after a dresser fell on both of them.

Margie Elizabeth Shaver, 27, turned herself in Thursday morning, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said that Shaver's son was found unresponsive at 11:30 p.m. on March 12.

The 2-year-old, later identified as Chandler Jerome Shaver, was playing with his sister in a bedroom when a 5-drawer, wooden chest of drawers fell on top of the children, according to Lt. Michael Hildebrand.  

Chandler was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The 4-year-old was treated for her injuries and was placed into the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services

A release from the sheriff's office said the investigation into Chandler's death of the child found that Margie Shaver locked her children in a filthy, unsafe bedroom and did not supervise them. 

The arrest warrants said that the home was "infested with roaches and rodents" and the carpeting was heavily soiled with animal urine and feces.

The investigation found that the chest of drawers falling on the children made a loud noise that Shaver heard, but she did nothing to save the life of her child. 

Chandler died because the chest of drawers crushed him, causing asphyxiation that investigators said was determined to be preventable.  As a result, Shaver has been charged with homicide by child neglect. 

In addition to the homicide charge, Shaver and her husband Christopher Jerome Shaver, 30, were charged with unlawful neglect of a child due to the condition of the home. 

Margie and Christopher Shaver are currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.  A bond hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

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