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Indian-American Mom Accused of Killing Son Found Dead With Husband

UPDATE: Texas couple’s deaths: Attorney wants independent investigation
UPDATE: New details emerge in the deaths

NRI Pulse News Desk

Atlanta,GA: Pallavi Dhawan, the Texas mother accused of killing her 10-year-old son Arnav, and her husband, Sumeet, were found dead by Frisco police Thursday.

Police found Pallavi’s body in the backyard pool and Sumeet’s body inside the house, say reports.

‎”I have no idea what happened,” said David Finn, Pallavi’s attorney told WFAA TV. “I certainly didn’t see this coming, not by a long shot.”

“Everything seemed very, very positive,” he said, of his last meeting with the couple. “I didn’t sense any hostility. Pallavi was in a good mood. Sumeet seemed to be in a good mood.”

Finn had publicly pressured the Frisco Police ‎Department to either drop the murder case against Pallavi or to seek an indictment. He had repeatedly criticized them, accusing them of jumping the gun on the case, according to reports.

Pallavi Dhawan was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her son Arnav, whose body was found decomposing in a bathtub. His mother had placed him in plastic bags with ice around him. The family said her action’s were to preserve his body until his father came home from out of town.‎

Frisco police said they asked her if she had killed her son and that she had nodded her head, “yes.”‎

‎‎Sumeet stood by his wife throughout, saying she could never have hurt their only child.

In the affidavit published by Dallas Observer, Dhawan said when she tried to wake her son for school on Jan 29, he was cold and unresponsive.

She said at first she thought her son was faking being asleep to get out of going to school, but when she picked him up to carry him to take a bath, she realised he was dead.

After checking Arnav’s pulse and heartbeat and trying to perform CPR, Dhawan said she went into a state of shock.

In March, a medical examiner said Arnav’s cause of death could not be determined, but Finn said the results trend “very, very heavily towards natural causes,” according to CBS News.

The family said the boy had pre-existing medical conditions.

In the affidavit, Dhawan said, “I proceeded to give [Arnav] his deceased bath according to Hindu customs, dressed him in his favorite clothes and kept his favorite toy next to him and I later put his head on his favorite pillow along with his favorite blanket.”

Because her husband, Sumeet Dhawan, was out of town on business, Pallavi said she followed their cultural rituals to the best of her ability while waiting for him to return.

The affidavit, as cited by CBS concluded, with Pallavi again asserting her innocence saying: “Finally, I want to make it perfectly clear to the world that I did not hurt Arnav.”

“I did not kill Arnav. I did not murder Arnav. I did not drown or smother Arnav. I did not poison Arnav. I did not fail to render aid to Arnav at any time … Most importantly, I loved Arnav with all of my heart and never would hurt him in any way, and I miss him very much.”

UPDATE: Texas couple’s deaths: Attorney wants independent investigation

UPDATE: New details emerge in the deaths

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