Thomas Valva, left, and Angela Pollina in court Thursday Prosecutors described in horrifying detail on Thursday the years of abuse endured by two of fallen NYPD cop Michael Valva’s children — as the cop and his fiancee pleaded not guilty to felony murder indictments in the hypothermia death of Valva’s 8-year-old son Tommy.
Valva, 40 and Angela Pollina, 42 appeared separately in Suffolk County Supreme Court and sat stone faced as prosecutors announced new child endangerment charges against them for allegedly neglecting and abusing Tommy and his brother Anthony.
“As a police officer, [Valva] took an oath to serve and protect the citizens of New York City at large. However, as a parent to Thomas, as well as to Anthony, he had a duty to protect his children from physical harm and provide them adequate medical treatment,” Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe said during the hearing.
“The evidence in this case will show that the defendant failed Thomas and Anthony miserably, instead treating them in a manner that was nothing short of cruel, callous, wanton and evil.”
Newcombe said the abuse against the two boys became apparent in 2017, shortly after their mom Justyna Zubko-Valva lost custody of them, when the kids started showing up at their East Moriches school hungry.
“[The boys were] eating crumbs off tables and eating out of the garbage and going under the bleachers at the gym to try and find food,” Newcombe said.
“They were literally begging for food at school.”The two were allegedly deprived of breakfast and starved […]
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