The Frisco mother charged with the murder of her 10-year-old son spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday night.
Pallavi Dhawan spoke softly and briefly about her son and wept with others celebrating his short life.
She recalled her son, Arnav Dhawan's, endless energy and spunk.
"He was constantly on the go," said Pallavi. "He did not stop. He just wanted to go. Like the battery that never runs out."
The Dhawans said that Wednesday night marked the first chance they've had to mourn their son. They sobbed openly as family members, neighbors and classmates gathered for the boy who loved games.
Arnav shared a love of Super Mario Brothers with classmate Colby Elliott.
"I just felt like I wanted to cry," said Elliott.
"The most shocking thing was to hear what was perceived about Pallavi," said supporter Shilpoo Argawal.
Arnav was found dead in the bathtub Dec. 30 when his father returned home from a three-week-long business trip.
Police arrested Pallavi, whom they say nodded when asked if she'd killed him.
Her husband, Sumeet, remains adamant, however, that Frisco police jumped to conclusions without getting the facts.
"I honestly believed when they came in, they were doing the right thing," said Sumeet. "I really, really trusted them."
The Dhawans' attorney, former judge David Finn, says he's battling police to get information.
"These are important, due process, equal protection," said Finn. "I should be able to have copies of the affidavits and records related to search warrant. And I shouldn't have to wait until after grand jury hears the case. I might be able to use them at the grand jury, but I can't if I don't have them."
"When I spoke to the medical examiner, she herself said, "There's no signs of injury,'" said Sumeet. "'There's no trauma, there's no signs of drowning.' All we are waiting for is toxicology."
Frisco police aren't saying much -- only that they, too, are awaiting toxicology results.
Until then, the family is mourning in a way they never would have imagined.
The family had Arnav cremated Saturday along with one of his favorite stuffed animals. They spread his ashes yesterday in a park with lots of trees and near water and say it was in a place they know he would have loved.
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