Man from Whittier accused in toddler's death faces new charge

Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A man awaiting trial in the death of a 2-year-old girl is now accused of persuading his girlfriend to lie to investigators.

Shaka Levshakoff, 27, of Whittier was indicted this week on a charge of interfering with official proceedings, a felony, the Anchorage Daily News reported Thursday.

Alaska State Troopers said Levshakoff had the mother of the child falsely confess to the June 24, 2007, death.

After Levshakoff was charged with murder, Shaunteala Graham told troopers - in interviews and a written statement - that she unintentionally killed her daughter and Levshakoff, her live-in boyfriend, was innocent.

"I know it was my fault," Graham wrote in a hand-written statement to investigators. "I loved my daughter with all my heart. I didn't mean to hurt her. I hope that one day God will forgive me."

In a 2008 interview with the Daily News, Graham said she had been hung over and irritable while trying to get ready for work. She said Annemarie was "constantly right in the way trying to get hugs and kisses" and the two collided, sending the child's head against the armrest of a couch.

Graham said she initially thought the child was OK, but later realized she was not.

Troopers investigating the case, however, learned Graham was at work when the toddler, Annemarie Nimmo, stopped breathing. The girl had severe bruises on her face and body, according to a sworn statement filed in court by investigator Mark Granda.

Levshakoff and the child were alone in Whittier's Begich Towers, the statement says.

Levshakoff, a convicted felon with a long rap sheet, pleaded not guilty to murder on Oct. 7, 2008, and remains jailed in Anchorage.

Graham, 23, testified for the state at the recent grand jury proceeding, and has not been charged with trying to thwart the investigation.

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