Frisco PD No Longer Wants To Talk About Murder Case Family Says It Bungled

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Amy Silverstein
A week ago, the Frisco Police Department was convinced that it had a solid case against Pallavi Dhawan in the mysterious death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav, and was ready to tell everyone about it.

"Officers asked if she had killed the child and Mrs. Dhawan nodded her head 'yes,'"
Frisco PD spokesman Sergeant Brad Merritt had said at a news conference last week. But since then, Pallavi Dhawan's husband, Sumeet, and family attorney David Finn have come out with a far more complicated picture.

With an alternative narrative that police may have misinterpreted Pallavi Dhawan's gesture and also weren't aware of the boy's poor medical history, the attorney and the husband accuse Frisco police of bungling the case. So what do Frisco cops have to say about all that? Nothing. They've decided to just stop talking about the case entirely.

Family attorney David Finn says that Arnav's medical records were confiscated by the police. He wants them back but claims that the department is refusing to hand them over.

He says he's also unsuccessfully asked for the search warrant affidavit.

"They've just been difficult," Finn told Unfair Park last night outside the family home. Finn had gathered with Sumeet and Pallavi, who is out on bond, and dozens of others for a somber candlelight vigil.

In an interview afterward, Finn described Pallavi's confession as a piece of fiction. "They never asked if her she killed him," he insists.

The supposed confession that the Frisco police described happened not in the course of a formal interrogation but during the initial visit police made to the family home, as described by the department's spokesman in last week's news conference.

Finn blames sloppy police work for that conference.

"They realized they jumped the gun," he says.

Reached by telephone, Frisco police spokesman Merritt now says the department isn't discussing the case. He won't confirm if it's true that the department has failed to hand over the medical records or the affidavit. "We're not making any comments in reference to that case right now," Merritt said. "That's about the best I can tell you."

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smichaelclark591
smichaelclark591

The is pure racist on the police departments part and the Justice Department should be brought in.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Note to Frisco PD: "Murder" has a number of elements.  One of the most important is a homicide.  That is the death of a person caused by another person.


To determine that, you first need a death.  Hopefully you verified that one.  Next you need a cause of death.  Until you know the cause, you can't know if that cause was caused by another person.


So, next time, make sure you actually know what caused the death next time you start throwing the "murder' word around in a slanderous way.


(FYI, coerced confessions are more the rule than the exception in police work now, especially with the innocent.  Be aware of that the next time you are on a jury.)

jimcarnicelli
jimcarnicelli

I'm a longtime personal friend of the Dhawans. In spite of my deep knowledge of Pallavi as a devoted mother, I'm keeping an open mind about the legal process she's having to endure. I think they acted in basic good faith in arresting Pallavi, given the odd circumstances arising in part from cultural differences. They and the prosecutor are trying to do their jobs. I believe Pallavi will receive her due process and either have the case dropped by the prosecutor or be acquitted.


But in the meantime, I want to encourage you to consider the personal tragedy in all of this. It's not enough that the Dhawans have lost their only and cherished child, which is already devastatingly life-changing. Now Pallavi gets to suffer the infamy of having a Google search for her name summarize her as a baby killer. I was mortified by a thumbnail image of a bloody knife next to one of the stories in the search results the other day.


I have known Pallavi since well before she was pregnant with Arnav. He was planned. He was wanted. He was anticipated. In the years I got to see Arnav's early childhood, I saw nothing short of heroism in parenting. Arnav was a sweet child, but he also had developmental and behavioral disabilities. Pallavi and Sumeet spared no expense or time in getting him the best medical care wherever in the country they could and also the best possible educational opportunities they could find.


The bottom line is that Arnav could not have hoped to have a better mother in Pallavi. She never abused and certainly didn't kill her son. Take it from someone who knows her heart.

jimcarnicelli
jimcarnicelli

I'm a longtime personal friend of the Dhawans. In spite of my deep knowledge of Pallavi as a devoted mother, I'm keeping an open mind about the legal process she's having to endure. I think they acted in basic good faith in arresting Pallavi, given the odd circumstances arising in part from cultural differences. They and the prosecutor are trying to do their jobs. I believe Pallavi will receive her due process and either have the case dropped by the prosecutor or be acquitted.


But in the meantime, I want to encourage you to consider the personal tragedy in all of this. It's not enough that the Dhawans have lost their only and cherished child, which is already devastatingly life-changing. Now Pallavi gets to suffer the infamy of having a Google search for her name summarize her as a baby killer. I was mortified by a thumbnail image of a bloody knife next to one of the stories in the search results the other day.


I have known Pallavi since well before she was pregnant with Arnav. He was planned. He was wanted. He was anticipated. In the years I got to see Arnav's early childhood, I saw nothing short of heroism in parenting. Arnav was a sweet child, but he also had developmental and behavioral disabilities. Pallavi and Sumeet spared no expense or time in getting him the best medical care wherever in the country they could and also the best possible educational opportunities they could find.


The bottom line is that Arnav could not have hoped to have a better mother in Pallavi. She never abused and certainly didn't kill her son. Take it from someone who knows her heart.

JusticeWarrior
JusticeWarrior

PItiful, but not surprising. 

 Hopefully the DA will take over and bitch slap the FPD and let these people grieve in peace. 

NewsDog
NewsDog

Silence speaks volumes.

I takes a long time to go and retroactively create the 'evidence' and 'statements' for the 'original' documents then get all the players on the same page. 

ruddski
ruddski

CSI Fisco: Carries one bullet.

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

No evidence whatever of foul play, no bruises, cuts, blood, no record of a confession. I presume, however, Frisco police do have proof she's Indian.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Im sure the affidavit says she was carrying a sign that says she did it.

Who's with me renaming the town Fiasco?

wcvemail
wcvemail

And remember, if you don't whole-heartedly and unquestioningly support all police everywhere in everything they do, you:
(a) are on the side of the terrorists/anarchists/criminals

(b) should call an attorney/reporter next time you're in trouble

(c) are too stupid or too oblivious to understand that every one of them is putting their lives on the line every day for you, you ungrateful wretch

(d) should try working just one day, just walk a mile in their shoes, and you'll see that it's a special caling

did I miss anything?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I always wondered what happened to the Keystone Kops.

Cowtown
Cowtown

After sign guy kicked their ass in court, I would guess the FPD are hunkered down in the bunker.

JFPO
JFPO

That's some industrial strength stupid right there.

rubberduky
rubberduky

Uh.......yes. You misspelled ( calling ).

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@wcvemail  

The Children.

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