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Mother vows to investigate son's fatal accident

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Dina Shacknai has hired her own investigators to look into her son's death, and she thinks the whole truth isn't being told.

It's been a year since the tragic death of Max Shacknai, the 6-year-old son of Jonah Shacknai, founder and CEO of Scottsdale-based Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.

Max died after sustaining injuries from a fall at his father's home in San Diego.

On Monday Max's mother, Dina Shacknai, held a news conference. It's the first time we are really hearing from his mother since his death.

Coronado Police have ruled Max Shacknai's death a horrible accident. But his mother wants the investigation into his death to be reopened.

She hired her own experts to look into his death and she says they don't agree with police findings.

Recently, Dina granted an interview with Phoenix Magazine, sharing some new details we haven't heard before.  Her first wish is to have her son back, her second wish is to have Rebecca Zahau back to ask her what happened.

Dina believes there's more to her son's death and it's her job to find out what really happened to him.  She says he wasn't a daredevil and a 'fall down the stairs' just doesn't sound right.

Rebecca Zahau, the girlfriend of Jonah, was watching Max at the time.  She was found dead two days later, hanging from the balcony of Jonah's Coronado mansion.  Her death was ruled a suicide.  

Dina told the magazine that it was agreed that Rebecca would not watch Max alone, attend school functions or take him across state lines.

She said she felt uncomfortable for Rebecca to watch Max because she found out Rebecca had been arrested for shoplifting back in 2009.

"Some information Rebecca provided me was inaccurate such as her legal name and the fact that she had a criminal record," said Dina.

"Based on our experts and our findings we are confident that the scenario put forth is inaccurate on how Maxie's injuries occurred," said attorney Angela Hallier at the press conference. "Given their cooperation I think they are going to want to hear from us given what our findings are."

"It is still my job as a mother to find out exactly what happened to him and to continue that until I find an answer," said Dina.

Police say they are open to new evidence in the case.

During the news conference, Dina also introduced a new, non-profit group for Max that helps blended families -- involving divorces and shared custody.  She says she wants to help people who do not feel comfortable about their children being left alone with their ex's current girlfriend or boyfriend.  Maxie's House will be a resource for them.

Jonah has not spoken publicly about Max's death, but did start a foundation in his son's honor called Max in Motion. 

We reached out to Jonah's public relations group for a response about the news conference.  They say they had no idea Dina was going to announce the new organization or ask for an investigation into Max's death to be reopened.  They have not yet provided a statement.

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