Landrum area mother charged with homicide by neglect in death of son

Published 5:59 pm Friday, August 2, 2013

Margie Shaver, 27, is facing a grand jury after being charged with homicide by child neglect in the March 2013 death of her 2-year-old son.

Chandler Shaver died after a dresser in the home fell on him and his 4-year-old sister. The 4-year-old sister was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital for her injuries and was later placed in Department of Social Services custody.

During a preliminary hearing held July 31, Greenville County Sheriff’s investigator Eric Whaley said Shaver was watching TV at home March 12 when the child was crushed by the dresser.

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At about 11:30 p.m. March 12 the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office got a call about an unresponsive 2-year-old male child at 27 Laurinda Lane in Landrum.

Lt. Michael Hildrebrand with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the mother put the two children in a bedroom about 9:30 p.m. When she went to check on them later she found a chest of drawers on top of both children, Hildebrand said.

Whaley testified that the children’s bedroom was infested with mice and animal feces.

An autopsy showed the 2-year-old died of compressional asphyxia, meaning the pressure of the dresser restricted his breathing.