Texas Boy, 10, Found Dead; Mother Charged With Murder

FRISCO (January 30, 2014) Pallavi Dhawan of Frisco was charged Thursday with murder in the death of her 10-year-old son, whose body was found in a bathtub in the family's suburban home.

She was held Thursday in the Frisco City Jail, but was later released after posting a $50,000 bond.

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

He told officers he had learned through email that his son, Arnav Dhawan, 10, 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 David Finn says his client denies admitting killing the child.

Finn 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.

An autopsy was performed Thursday, but the findings were not immediately released.