Six-year-old Max Shacknai died last year in his father's Coronado, CA, mansion after a fall from the second floor. The San Diego medical examiner ruled the boy's death accidental. His mother. Dina Shacknai, doesn't believe it.
Dina Shacknai says a 29-page report from independent experts she hired concludes that science proves Max was likely the victim of a homicide.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A Valley mother whose 6-year-old son died at his father's California mansion last year said she will not give up her fight to prove that her son's death was no accident.
"I'm not going to stop, and I am going to leave no stone unturned," said Dina Shacknai.
"As any parent would, they would want to find out what happened and why," she said of her son's death.
Shacknai's son, Max, died after a fall from the second floor of his father's mansion on Coronado Island, near San Diego.
The San Diego County medical examiner ruled the boy's death accidental. Shacknai doesn't believe it.
"I will go to every person personally that I need to, to get this case reopened," she told CBS 5 at Sky Harbor Airport on Monday afternoon as she headed to California.
Shacknai only had a few minutes to convince the Coronado City Council to help.
"Max's life drained away in three minutes, so three minutes, a lot can happen in three minutes," she said.
Shacknai is presenting a 29-page report from independent experts she hired. After a nine-month investigation, they concluded that science proves Max was likely the victim of a homicide.
"Our experts definitively showed them that Maxie going over that railing with one foot or two feet on the ground defied gravity and physics," she explained.
The determined mother is also putting forth a five-page report from Coronado's expert that had not been made public before.
"If one looks at those side by side, and we also have a visual that we are planning to provide to them, I think it's compelling," said Shacknai.
But it wasn't compelling enough for the Coronado chief of police.
Last month, Shacknai showed him the new findings and asked him to take another look at her son's case.
She said he quickly shot down the request without having the city's own expert weigh in, adding to the mystery surrounding Max's death.
"Their response to me has generated more questions than when I started," Shacknai said.
Dina Shacknai has set up a website where all of the reports surrounding her son's death can be found. There is also a petition where people can add their name to the list of those who would also like to see this case reopened. The website can be found here.
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