Thomas Valva The autistic 8-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his NYPD cop dad and his fiancée died as a result of hypothermia after he was subjected to “freezing temperatures” in the couple’s unheated garage overnight, police officials said Friday.
Michael Valva, 40, a 15-year police veteran, and his fiancée, Angela Pollina, 42, were charged Friday with second-degree murder in the Jan. 17 death of little Thomas Valva “because they engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death to this child,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart told reporters during a press conference.
Thomas “was subjected to freezing temperatures” in the “unheated garage” of the couple’s Center Moriches, Long Island, home “overnight” when the temps outside were a bone-chilling 19 degrees, Hart said.
“We believe certainly that Thomas was kept in the garage overnight preceding his death,” the commissioner said.
Authorities responded to the home on Bittersweet Lane at around 9:40 a.m. on Jan. 17 after Valva reported that his son fell in the driveway while waiting for the school bus an hour earlier.
Valva told cops that his son lost consciousness after the fall and remained unconscious, according to Hart.
“When officers arrived Michael Valva was performing CPR on his son in the basement,” Hart said.Medics rushed the boy to Long Island Community Hospital and when he arrived there his body temperature was just 76 degrees, according to Hart. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.Thomas and his 6- and 10-year-old brothers lived at the home along with Pollina’s three daughters – 11-year-old twins […]
Son of NYPD cop died of hypothermia after being kept in garage overnight: police
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