The mother of Thomas Valva, the 8-year-old Center Moriches boy who authorities said was killed by his NYPD officer father and his fiancee, filed court papers Friday seeking permanent custody of her two other young sons.
Justyna Zubko-Valva, who is acting as her own attorney, filed the petition for sole physical and legal custody of Anthony, 10, and Andrew, 6, in Suffolk County Family Court.
She also pressed Family Court Judge Frank Tantone to cease any involvement — or to decrease the frequency — of social workers from Child Protective Services in the lives of her sons. CPS officials, she argued, failed repeatedly to protect Thomas from abuse and therefore should have no further contact with her family.
“CPS completely failed to protect my children,” Zubko-Valva, 36, of Valley Stream, told Tantone. “They should not be involved in any part of my life and my children’s life.”
Zubko-Valva, who lost custody of her children in September 2017 amid a contentious divorce proceeding, was granted temporary custody of the surviving boys after Thomas’ death from hypothermia on Jan 17.
Thomas’ father, Michael Valva, 41, an NYPD transit officer, and his father’s fiancee, Angela Pollina, 42, have been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in Thomas’ death and the alleged abuse of both Thomas and Anthony.
Authorities allege Valva and Pollina forced Thomas to sleep in an unheated garage as temperatures outside fell to just 19 degrees. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are being held without […]