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.
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.