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Frisco man says medical records may prove wife didn't murder son

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A Frisco man mourning his son's death and fighting murder charges against his wife went to the Frisco Police Department for what he says police already have in their possession: alleged proof that Pallavi Dhawan did not kill their 10-year-old son, Arnav.

Last week, police went to the Dhawan family's home in the 15000 block of Mountain View Lane. There, they found Arnav dead in a bathtub, and Pallavi was charged with his murder.

Sumeet Dhawan, who is the boy's father and Pallavi's husband, says he told police there is no way his wife could have killed their child. Friday, Sumeet told FOX4 that Arnav suffered from some medical conditions when he was born, including a microcephaly and a brain cyst.  

On Monday, Sumeet went with his wife's attorney, former judge David Finn, to police to try to retrieve Arnav's medical records. Sumeet said that the police haven't given those records to him, however.

Finn said that he and Sumeet went to police for the records because of limited time, adding that the records could take up to a month to receive from the doctor's office.

"They are in the car in a suitcase," said Sumeet. "She had everything in the car. It's not just one record; it's hundreds and hundreds of pages of records which talk about his microcephaly, which talk about his brain cyst, which talk about his other things I elaborated before, like his chest pain and all that stuff. So all those records are there…and that will hopefully state what really happened to him."

Frisco Police are awaiting toxicology results before presenting the case to a grand jury.

"It might have been prudent for the police to review these records before they held a press conference and labeled his wife, Arnav's mother, a murderer," said Finn.

Former Dallas County district attorney Toby Shook, who is not involved with the case, says that it's unusual when a cause of death can't be determined through an autopsy, and that it's rare.

"If they can't determine the cause of death, then you're gonna have a problem proving that this is really a murder case," said Shook.

Frisco Police say Pallavi confessed -- when asked by officers if she killed the boy, they say she nodded her head, indicating yes.

Shook says he has experienced cultural miscommunication with Indian clients.

"I myself have had problems communicating with own clients that were from India, simply when talking to them," said Shook. "The shaking of the head, no, or nodding of the head, yes, means the opposite of what it means here in America."

Arnav was cremated Saturday.

"I was able to complete his last rites, but I'm still awaiting for his ashes," said Sumeet. "Once I get those ashes, I have to dispose of them in running water. So I'm waiting for that and then…I'm trying to handle this side as well."

Sumeet had just returned home from a business trip when he learned of Arnav's death.

Police say when Arnav was found in the bathtub, he was draped in cloth with bags around him.

Sumeet maintains that the bags were full of ice to preserve Arnav's body so that he could see his son.

A candlelight vigil will be held outside the family home Wednesday evening. Sumeet says people are flying in from as far away as India to mourn Arnav and show support for the boy's mother.

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