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Mother Wants Probe Reopened In Coronado Mansion Death

Max Shacknai

Above: Max Shacknai

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who died after falling down stairs at a California mansion has asked city officials to have police reopen the investigation into her son's death.

U-T San Diego reports ( that Dina Shacknai appeared before the City Council on Tuesday and said the death of her son, Max, was due to an assault rather than an accident as police and the county's medical examiner have found. Police earlier this month rejected Shacknai's request to reopen the investigation.

The younger Shacknai plunged over a stairwell banister at his father's mansion in July 2011 and died from brain injuries. His father's girlfriend killed herself two days after the fall.

Shacknai hired an expert who said her son's death was likely the result of an assault.

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