Justyna Zubko-Valva and Michael Valva Dennis A. Clark; Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office They thought she was making it all up. It cost a little boy his life.
From cops and social workers to lawyers and judges, Long Island mom Justyna Zubko-Valva claims no one took her warnings about her NYPD cop husband , Michael Valva, seriously.
Alleging sex abuse, starvation, brainwashing, beatings and possible child porn, the mom had insisted their three sons were suffering at Valva’s hands.
But instead of getting help, Zubko-Valva became lost in a legal labyrinth where she was the one on trial, painted as a scorned woman with a “vendetta,” court papers show.
One Suffolk County Family Court prosecutor slammed her as “mentally ill,” court papers show. Nassau County cops allegedly dismissed her as a mom “going for custody.” The NYPD apparently ignored her allegation that her ex was having sex in patrol cars on duty.
A Nassau judge gave custody of the three boys to Valva, who police now say killed one of them — the couple’s 8-year-old autistic son, Thomas — by leaving him overnight in a freezing garage at his Center Moriches home on Jan. 17.
Valva and his fiancée, Angela Pollina, were charged in Thomas’ death. Only then was Zubko-Valva given custody of her surviving sons , Anthony, 10, and Andrew, 6. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a cop. I don’t know if it’s because he had powerful friends in powerful places. It made zero sense to me,” autism expert Kimberly Berens, who worked […]