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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Family of Rebecca Zahau Files Wrongful Death Suit, Alleges Hanging Was Murder Plot

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Here's the response from Dina Shacknai, obtained by ABC 10 News:

Today marks the second anniversary of the death of my only child, Maxfield Aaron Shacknai. He was six years old when he died while under the care of Rebecca Zahau.

Yet today, instead of being able to merely mourn the loss of Maxie, my sister Nina Romano and I are dealing with a baseless lawsuit which has been filed against us. I have lost my only son and Nina has lost her only nephew. While we empathize with the Zahau family regarding their grief over the loss of Rebecca, for Nina and I to be named as parties to this frivolous lawsuit by the Zahau family is cruel and irresponsible. There is absolutely no truth to these allegations. Unfortunately, I have now been left with no alternative but to initiate significant measures to ensure the ongoing protection of myself, as well as my remaining family. The accusations are shameful and groundless and have no basis in fact or evidence.

I respectfully ask that the public continue to keep us in their prayers as we remember Maxie on this somber occasion.


Below, check out the full complaint the Zahau family filed in San Diego earlier this week.

Rebecca Zahau lawsuit wrongful death Max Shacknai

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