BBM- I think that is actually backwards.
I live in Southern California, while not San Diego I have family in Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido and San Marcos, as well as down town San Diego proper.
Every single one of them (and several locations have several family members each) find the accident that occurred with Max, highly probably just that- an accident. We have several boy- boys in Max's age group- who play sports, surf, swim, soccer, basketball, football and rock climb- they are wild, rambunctious, full of energy and do not always make the wisest decisions in their play activities. If, at anytime any one of them were left unsupervised, they could very well make a similar fatal mistake to ride a scooter or skateboard upstairs, we have discussed this, as a family on many occasions. It makes perfect, tragic sense, to all of us, and we admonish the children (girls included) because of this tragedy.
On the other hand Rebecca's circumstance does not resemble a suicide to ANY OF US- at all. This has been discussed by all of us- ad nauseum.
So- to your BBM quote, I completely disagree and couldn't actually disagree more.
Being around children of all types is not an educated affirmation of the statement but merely personal experience which most all of us have.
I know that athletic, healthy boys are sturdy from personal experience.
An educated assertion is this:
Death of San Diego exec's son likely a homicide, independent report finds
Shacknai hired Dr. Judy Melinek, a San Francisco-based forensic pathologist, and Dr. Robert Bove, an injury biomechanics expert, to review the case. Both concluded the child -- found unresponsive on the first floor of his father's home -- was beaten and then forced over the balcony either against his will or in a desperate attempt to escape his assailant.
A report by the San Diego County medical examiner's office ruled that the manner of his death was accidental. But Dina Shacknai said doctors treating Max were immediately suspicious of his injuries and contacted Child Protective Services, which she said launched a probe and then dropped it once the medical examiner ruled the death an accident.
Melinek told FoxNews.com that the child had injuries to his body that could not have been caused from a fall alone. She also said it was impossible for the child to have accidentally bumped into the balcony and then fallen over.
"It doesn't make any sense. It defies gravity," Melinek said of the scenario presented by Coronado police working in collaboration with Dr. Mark A. Gomez, who authored the first report in the case. "Hes got too much injury for just a simple fall from the railing," she said, adding that the boy's center of gravity was too low for him to have flipped over the banister on his own.
"I do not disagree with the coroner's determination that the cause of death was due to blunt force trauma," Melinek said. "What I did disagree with was the manner of death, which I believe was a homicide."
"The fall alone ... would not account for the abrasions and contusions along the right forehead, inner eye and lids, the left ala, or the right shoulder and neck," the report reads. "The more planes of injury ... the more likely that an incident is the result of an assault rather than a simple or even complex fall."
"The nature and location of Max's skull fracture and subgaleal contusion are indicative of a head-first contact with the first floor surface and thus are consistent with Max moving or being moved over the railing following the assault causing him to fall to the first floor,"