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Mother of toddler killed by falling dresser charged with homicide

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - The mother of a toddler who was killed when a dresser fell on him and his sister is now charged with homicide by child neglect, and both parents are charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

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 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. 

According to the arrest warrants investigators found the filth and infestation of the home placed the children at unreasonable risk / harm.  Christopher Shaver was not home at the time of the incident which resulted in the death of his son.

Margie and Christopher Shaver are currently being held at the Greenville County Detention Center.  A bond hearing was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. 

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