Police Say Shacknai Failed to Present New Evidence in Her Son's Death

Coronado police explained Tuesday why they will not re-open the case, the day after Max Shacknai's mother criticized the decision.

Coronado police have responded to , saying her team failed to present any new evidence that would persuade them to revisit the case.

The police, via a statement released Tuesday by the city, said they looked into the information provided by Shacknai for weeks and consulted with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Shacknai has alleged that experts she hired determined that , suffered his injuries at the hands of another. She wanted .

Max died in July 2011, five days after he suffered head injuries in a fall at the Spreckels mansion, the oceanfront residence that was a summer home for his father, Jonah Shacknai.

“We feel there was insufficient information that would compel us to change the manner of death or conduct additional investigation at this time,” said Coronado Police Cmdr. Mike Lawton in the city's statement.

Police also said they notified Dina Shacknai of their decision Aug. 31. She released the information Monday via a web site dedicated to Max's memory on the same day .

Shacknai began publicly discussing her suspicions about the incident involving . Police met with her and her representatives to see the results compiled by her forensic experts.

The case gained notoriety last year because of , 32, whose body was found nude and bound outside the mansion two days after Max's fall. 

That case, investigated by the San Diego County Sheriffs Department, . The Zahau family, which also is set to appear on the upcoming Dr. Phil show, does not accept the ruling and maintains that Zahau was killed.  

They are seeking a new investigation as well, and have called on the state to re-open both cases.

Ann September 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
You're right. the old saying" you can catch more flys with sugar than with vinegar."
Glaring Error September 12, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Dina didn't bash them. She was expectant and hopeful from the start and had only praise for them. Perhaps you're confusing her with Mary Zahau?
Game Jonah September 14, 2012 at 06:26 AM
This is a done deal, and has been since September 2011. Accident and suicide are a neat package that requires no further action. Why in the world would COPD want to re-open this case when it is officially over as far as they are concerned? To make themselves look foolish? Word from insiders in the beginning figured it was a double homicide, and that two wrongs DO make a right. That would explain the handling of this case. What did the "document addressed to Jonah" say? Was it a confession?
L'Oreal September 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
DIna's lawsuit against the estate of the late babysitter will blow this case open wide. Max will have justice.
Blame game September 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Dina doesn't have the ammo to blow this case open. Jonah and Zahau's do. It will come, not by intention but by bumbling. RIP REBECCA WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU


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