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A mother has been accused of murder

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January 30, 2014

Frisco Police are investigating the death of a 10-year-old child at his residence, and his mother has been taken into custody.

Police discovered the body of the child on Wednesday night around 6:30 p.m. while responding to a welfare concern. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the child's parents and subsequently discovered the body.

The child's mother, 38 year-old Pallavi Dhawan, has been taken into custody in connection with the death. No formal charges have been filed at this time.

Authorities are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the child's death.


Read the local CBS article.

The mother of a 10-year-old boy in Frisco indicated with a nod of her head to police that she killed the child, but a motive was undetermined late Thursday, officials said.

The mother, Pallavi Dhawan, 38, has been in custody since Wednesday night. She was in the Frisco City Jail Thursday, charged with murder. Bail was set at $50,000.

Officers found Arnav Dhawan in a bathtub at his Frisco home Wednesday evening, Frisco police said Thursday.

The exact cause of death, however, and a motive for the killing, were undetermined Thursday, police said.

"She admitted to officers on the scene that she killed him," Sgt. Brad Merritt, police spokesman, said Thursday evening. "We couldn't come out and say that this morning, because we had to let the case run its course.

"This afternoon, we were confident to charge her with murder."

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Febraury 4,2014

The mother of a 10-year-old boy found dead in a bathtub inside the family's Frisco home was released on bond, police revealed Friday morning.

Frisco police said 38-year-old Pallavi Dhawan surrendered her passport and visa under terms of the $50,000 bond. Mrs. Dhawan was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Arnav Dhawan, who didn't attend school several days before his body was found inside a locked room at the Frisco residence.

Authorities also revealed initial autopsy results were inconclusive. Frisco police said they're awaiting toxicology results to determine the child's cause of death.

Dhawan family attorney David Finn told News 8 Friday afternoon Arnav suffered from a brain cyst that could've caused seizures and saw doctors every six months to monitor its development. Finn said he was unsure if the medical examiner was aware of the cyst when he conducted the autopsy.


Read more of the article here at WFAA.

February 5, 2014

The husband of a Frisco woman accused of murdering their 10-year-old son has publicly declared her innocence, saying religious customs are the reason she acted the way she did.

Sumeet Dhawan said his wife, a former NASA computer programmer, put Arnav's body on ice to await his return from an out-of-town business trip so he could deliver last rites.

That's quite possible, says Nikhil Moro, an expert on Hindu culture and associate professor of journalism at the University of North Texas. Hindu religious customs typically require that the closest male relative deliver last rites to allow the "soul to move to its next vehicle or next body."

"So to the extent that cremation marks the end of the current body, I think the mother might have waited … for the father," Moro said.

However, nothing in the tradition precludes her from reporting the boy's death to the authorities, he added. So far, the Collin County medical examiner has not been able to determine a cause of death. Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology testing.

David Finn, the Dallas-based attorney representing Sumeet's wife, Pallavi, said he has been told by the medical examiner that Arnav did not drown, nor did he have any visible injuries.

Pallavi Dhawan posted $50,000 bond and was released.

Read more of the article here at WFAA.

February 10, 2014 Pallavi and Sumeet granted an interview to KDFW. (The video will not embed.) The adapted transcript of the video.


Edited 2/11/2014 @3 PM to insert an quote about the autopsy results and link to a transcription.

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