Initial autopsy results in Frisco boy's death inconclusive

Initial autopsy results in Frisco boy's death inconclusive

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Police say the mother of a 10-year-old boy found dead in their suburban home admitted to killing him before officers discovered his body in a bathtub. Upon arriving at the scene, police spoke with the father as his wife, Pallavi Dhawan, 38, arrived home. Officers then asked Pallavi if the son was inside and she nodded her head “yes,” Merritt said. When asked if the boy was dead, Pallavi again nodded affirmatively, the officer said.

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by MARJORIE OWENS & MARCUS MOORE / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

FRISCO, Texas — 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.

Mrs. Dhawan was arrested Wednesday night after police were called to the home when the boy's father, Sumeet Dhawan, couldn't locate the child upon returning home from a three-week business trip.

Mr. Dhawan's wife arrived at the home as police talked with her husband. Frisco police said Mr. Dhawan conversed with his wife privately before they were led to the young boy's body.

However, the stories between authorities and the Dhawan family diverge at this point. According to Frisco police, Mrs. Dhawan nodded "yes" when asked if she killed her son. However, the mother's lawyer, David Finn, said she nodded "yes" when asked if the child's body was located inside a locked room.

Finn said Mrs. Dhawan was emotional and unable to communicate when police were at the scene.

Arnav was a fifth grade student at Isbell Elementary School in the Frisco Independent School District.

 

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