Enlarge Image Justyna Zubko-Valva Dennis A. Clark Disgraced NYPD cop Michael Valva and his estranged wife avoided looking at each other during a Monday court hearing at which she was awarded custody of their surviving sons due to his arrest in the alleged hypothermia slaying of their brother. Enlarge Image Michael Valva Valva, who was handcuffed behind his back and surrounded by four court officers, also pleaded not guilty through his lawyer to six Suffolk County Family Court petitions that accuse him of abusing his three sons and the three daughters of his fiancee, Angela Pollina.
Earlier, Pollina also appeared in court at the same time as grieving mom Justyna Zubko-Valva, whose 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva, died Jan. 17 after allegedly being forced to sleep overnight in an unheated garage as the temperature plunged to just 19 degrees.
“Standing next to them, I just kept thinking of my baby and the way he was abused,” Zubko-Valva said outside court in Central Islip.
“The way he died, it breaks my heart. I pray to God that Tommy — his death will not be in vain. The ones who did this, they deserve justice. I put the results in the hands of God.”
Zubko-Valva — who lost custody of her kids in 2017 during a bitter, ongoing divorce battle with Valva — was awarded temporary custody of her 10- and 6-year-old sons on Wednesday amid the investigation into Thomas’ slaying, Suffolk County Child Protective Services lawyer Gary Rosenthal said.
Family Court Judge Frank Tantone on Monday […]