A Greenville mother has been charged after her 2-year-old was crushed to death under a wooden chest of drawers.
Greenville Police say 27-year-old Margie Shaver turned herself in Thursday morning after her toddler was killed when a dresser fell on him and his sister. WYFF News 4 reported that 2-year-old Chandler Shaver was playing with his sister in a bedroom on March 12, when a 5-drawer wooden chest fell on top of the children.
The toddler was taken to the hospital after he was found unresponsive, where he was pronounced dead. The 4-year-old girl was treated for some injures and placed into the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
Investigators say Shaver had locked her children in an unsafe bedroom and did not supervise them. They also say that the house was infested with roaches and rodents, with the carpet soiled in animal urine and feces.
Police say that the chest falling on the children made a loud noise that Shaver heard, but she did not respond. They say the boy died from asphyxiation, which investigators believe could have been prevented had she acted quickly.
Shaver has been charged with homicide by child neglect. Both she and her husband 30-year-old Christopher Shaver, who was not present during the incident, have been charged with unlawful neglect of a child due to the conditions of the home.