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GCSO: Taylors Daycare Director Charged With Failure to Report Neglect

Margaret Rose accused of failure to report issues at a home where a 2-year-old Landrum boy died in March, arrest warrant alleges.

The director of the Lee Road Child Enrichment Center in Taylors is facing charges after she allegedly failed to report possible child neglect issues in the home of a Landrum boy who died in March.

Margaret Pauline Rose, 59, of Campobello, was arrested and charged June 6 with one count of failing to report child abuse or neglect, according to an arrest warrant.

The warrant alleged that child welfare issues were brought to Rose's attention by staff members and that she failed to report them as required by state law.

The child in question, two-year-old Chandler Jerome Shaver, died in mid-March when a heavy chest of drawers fell on him and killed him while he was playing with his older sister in their Landrum home. An autopsy revealed the child died of compressional asphyxia from the furniture falling on top of him.

Shaver's four-year-old sister, who also sustained injuries in the incident, was subsequently placed into the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services due to unfit living conditions in the home. The childrens' mother currently faces charges in the incident. 

The children had been locked in a filthy bedroom and were playing unsupervised when the fatal incident occurred, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. 

Rose, the warrant alleged, had been told that living conditions in the home were unfit. Among the problems that Rose allegedly was made aware of by staff and failed to report were issues involving cleanliness, as well as cockroach infestations and numerous insect bites to the child, the warrant said.

Such reports should have been forwarded to law enforcement and DSS, the warrant said.

Rose has since been released from jail on $10,000 bond, GCSO Lt. Mike Hildebrand said Wednesday.

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