FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A North Texas woman accused of murdering her 10-year-old son has said the boy had medical problems before his death, the woman's attorney said.
Pallavi Dhawan is free on $50,000 bail after her arrest on a murder charge Wednesday in the death of her son, Arnav Dhawan.
The boy was a special-needs child born with a brain cyst and microcephaly, a condition characterized by an abnormally small head, David Finn, the mother's attorney, told The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1dUNuFh). There were no signs of physical trauma or fluid in the boy's lungs, Finn said, and he has ordered an independent autopsy of the boy's body.
A police affidavit says Sumeet Dhawan, husband of Pallavi and father of Arnav, also told investigators that his wife was having mental health issues and that they had been having marital problems.
Police making a welfare check found the boy's body in an empty bathtub in the family's home in Frisco, a Dallas suburb. The body was wrapped in a cloth up to the neck, and there were empty plastic bags in the tub next to him.
Police said the mother nodded affirmatively when asked if she had killed the boy, but Finn says his client vehemently denies killing the child.
An autopsy with toxicology tests has been ordered.