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Woman accused of killing son says she's innocent

An Indian woman who has been accused of murdering her 10-year-old son says she did not kill him. Arnav Dhawan was found dead in a bathtub at his parents' home on January 30.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 11, 2014 18:56 IST
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An Indian woman who has been accused of murdering her 10-year-old son has said that she did not kill him. Arnav Dhawan was found dead in a bathtub on January 30 at his parents' home.

Pallavi's attorney, David Finn, said on Monday that the toxicology reports on Arnav are back, but they are being reviewed by the medical examiner and likely will not be made public for about a week.

Frisco Police said that Arnav's mother, Pallavi Dhawan, confessed to killing her son when questioned by officers. They said she nodded her head, indicating yes. But Finn and Sumeet, Pallavi's husband, refused that she made any such gesture.

"I did nothing to cause his death," said Pallavi Dhawan on Monday in an exclusive interview with FOX 4.

Pallavi said that when she picked Arnav up from school on Friday she knew something was wrong.
"He came, we went home, I offered him a snack and he declined having one, which was a little bit unusual. So I offered him some grapes. He had a few and then he didn't feel like eating anything. He said, 'I don't feel like eating. Can we go somewhere out?'"

Pallavi said they went out to a movie, but Arnav said he was tired and wanted to go home, so she took him to Toys "R" Us and then their house. "I said, 'Why don't you just, you know, change and go to sleep?'" said Pallavi. "And he said, 'You know, I don't feel like changing.' And he was still looking…he had to see if his Smurfs was recorded. That was important to him. So he checked if his Smurfs was recorded. He checked that, but then he was so tired, he didn't feel like changing. And I could see that he was tired. He said, 'I'm tired and I'm feeling little bit cold.' So then I said, you know, 'OK,' and I touched him and he did seem a little bit cold, but there was no fever or anything," Pallavi said in the interview. Pallavi said that she then read the boy a story and put him to bed, but he got up twice, complaining of cold.

"This time, I decided to stay with him, and I slept next to him," she said. "…I woke up Saturday morning, I tried to wake him up, and he wouldn't get up." "And what did you think at first?" FOX 4's Shaun Rabb asked.
"At first I thought...he just didn't want to wake up," said Pallavi. "And then you realized that he was dead?" asked Rabb.

"I think I knew, but I didn't want to believe it," she said. The mother said that she picked up her son and realised he had relieved himself in his pants. "…I actually picked him up," she said. "I picked him up, Shaun; I picked him up. I picked him up. I held on to him and I took him to the bathtub, because I didn't want to believe he's gone. I took him to the bathtub…'cause he was feeling a bit cold to me."

"So I tried to push on his chest and just blow on his mouth, saying, 'Get up!'". "He wouldn't open his eyes. He wouldn't bend his arms. It took me a while to just tell myself, 'He's gone. He's gone.' And he was there, lying there, and I'm looking at him…he's not there. What do I do next?' Pallavi said she put shopping bags full of ice around Arnav to preserve his body for her husband, who was away on a business trip at the time.

First Published: Feb 11, 2014 13:22 IST