Death Of Texas Boy Found In Bathtub Likely Natural

Pallavi Dhawan (Jail photo)

MCKINNEY (March 6, 2014) The death of a 10-year-old Frisco boy whose body was found in a bathtub in his family’s home was most likely from a natural cause, a medical examiner’s report released Thursday says.

The boy's mother was charged with murder in the Jan. 29 death.

The Collin County medical examiner's report ruled the cause of the death of Arnav Dhawan undetermined, but said "natural disease is most likely."

According to the report, the boy likely had a seizure that led to a ruptured cyst in his brain and heart attack.

Pallavi Dhawan was charged with murder in her son's death.

Police said she confessed to killing the boy, but the family’s attorney, David Finn of Dallas, denies that.

She remains free on $50,000 bond.

Officers found the body after responding to a call from the boy’s father, Sumeet Dhawan, who returned home Jan. 29 after a three-week business trip, a police statement said.

He told officers he had learned through email that his son had not attended school for several days and said he was concerned because his wife had left the house earlier and had not returned, the statement said.

While officers were talking to him, Pallavi Dhawan returned.

Officers asked her where the boy was and she indicated she wanted to speak privately with her husband, first, the statement said.

A short time later the husband called officers over and pointed toward a bathroom door, which was locked.

“Officers asked Mrs. Dhawan if the child was in the room and she nodded her head ‘yes’”, the statement said.

“Officers asked her if she killed the child and Mrs. Dhawan nodded her head ‘yes’ again,” the statement said.

Dhawan's attorney later told the Dallas Morning News that the boy was a special-needs child who was born with a brain cyst and microcephaly, a condition characterized by an abnormally small head.

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.