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Judge: Police can keep car while investigating Frisco boy's death

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A judge ruled on Wednesday that Frisco police can keep custody of a car that belongs to a mother accused of murdering her 10-year-old son.

Pallavi and Sumeet Dhawan have been trying to retrieve their only vehicle from police impound for several weeks.

Police charged Pallavi with murder in late January after her son Arnav was found dead in a bathtub.

The family said he suffered from a severe medical condition that caused swelling of the brain.

The murder case is moving forward, despite an autopsy showing the boy likely died of natural causes.

A judge decided investigators can keep the family's car, a hard drive from its navigation system and the couple's passports.

Prosecutors told Judge Scott Becker the hard drive needs to stay in police custody, saying, "The hard drive has been sent to Secret Service...but they have been unable to read it."

Other items, including Pallavi's thyroid medication from inside the car, will be returned to the family.

While Sumeet and Pallavi did not get all they wanted at the hearing, they feel like it was in their favor.

"Well, we're pleased the judge has seen fit to order Frisco Police Department to return personal items that have no evidentiary value," said the Dhawans' attorney, David Finn.

The judge ruled Frisco police "…must return personal items by 5 p.m. Friday, except for the SUV, passports, a fax machine…other items that may have evidentiary value…"

"We been told since second week of February that car is coming next week, next, next, next week, and even now, this is first time we've heard this spin on the story…that they've been unable to read it," said Sumeet. "I mean, so we been very patient. That's all I can say."

Frisco police did not interview after the hearing, but Deputy Chief David Shilson said Judge Becker's ruling was very fair.

"They have Arnav's schoolbag, his journals and all personal stuff, and why can't they give those things back?" said Sumeet. "That's all we're asking."

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