Frisco police: Two bodies found at home where boy died

FRISCO — Frisco police have confirmed that two adult bodies were discovered Wednesday afternoon at the home where a 10-year-old boy was found dead in January.

Police said they were initially called to the address on Mountain View Lane regarding a possible drowning in the backyard pool.

"We did find one body inside and one body outside in the pool," police spokesman Sgt. Brad Merritt told reporters, declining to release any further details.

Authorities have not identified the two people who were found dead. The home is owned by Pallavi and Sumeet Dhawan, who are the parents of 10-year-old Arnav.

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The child's mother, Pallavi, was arrested in January on suspicion of murder, shortly after Arnav Dhawan found dead in a bathtub.Last month, at an examining trial, a judge concluded there was enough probable cause to forward the case to a grand jury.

"For something like this to happen to this family, it's crazy," said neighbor Lonnie Moore.

But some neighbors said they feel for the Dhawans, who had been dealing with so much heartache.

"If somebody tells you that you killed your child, can you manage it?" asked Harshita Agrawal, a distant family friend. "It's just so sad."

David Finn, an attorney representing Mrs. Dhawan, said he last spoke with the couple about two days ago.

"They were OK then, but I have not talked to them in the last 48 hours," he told News 8.

Finn said he has not been able to reach the Dhawans and said he was headed to the family's home.

Police have previously said that Pallavi Dhawan admitted to the murder when she was asked if she killed her son after officers were called to the home on January 29. Arnav was found wrapped in plastic bags in ice in a bathtub.

The medical examiner eventually ruled that the cause of the boy's death could not be determined, but said he most likely died to to "natural disease."

Her husband, Sumeet Dhawan, and family attorney David Finn, have repeatedly denied that Pallavi Dhawan admitted to killing her son, but said she did nod "yes" when asked by investigators if the boy's body was in the locked bathroom. The family has maintained that the boy died from complications from a brain cyst.

The family has said that the reason Pallavi Dhawan put her son in the bathtub was because she was waiting for her husband to return from a business trip.

"It's a big deal to say goodbye, because in Hindu/Indian culture, if [a] father does not say goodbye in person, then the soul does not rest in peace," Finn previously said. "It's called 'giving of last rites.' [Mrs. Dhawan] said if [her] husband did not say goodbye to [Arnav], his soul would be here forever."

Finn and the Dwahans had been locked in a contentious battle with Frisco police, partly because police did not file the case with prosecutors.

Finn asked for last month's examining trial because the family had grown tired of waiting.

"I suspected going into this hearing they had nothing... I came out of the hearing knowing for a fact that they have nothing," Finn said last month.

Finn said police do not have an recording of the conversation with Pallavi Dhawan, even though police officers were wearing a body camera with audio capability. He said that the detective told him that the body camera was inactive.

News 8 also has reported that Pallavi Dhawan had checked into a hotel on the day that police came to investigate Arnav's death. Finn said that she wanted to decompress.

The Dwahans also had repeatedly sought the return of property, including the family's only car and other personal belongings.

In April, a Collin County district judge ordered that police return personal belongings of no evidentiary value to the couple.

"They have Arnav's school bag, his journals, and all personal stuff," Sumeet Dhawan told News 8 in April. "I mean, why can't you give these things back? That's all we're asking."

The judge did not initially return the family's vehicle and other property.

The following month, the judge ordered police to return the Lexus.

In July, Pallavi Dhawan sought permission to travel to India this month for a Hindu ritual to honor her late son.

Jobin Panicker reported from Frisco; Tanya Eiserer reported from Dallas


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