Children died despite warnings in New York Family Courts

As Kevin Cox labored to breathe, Nicole Bauer wrestled with a grave decision: whether to watch her boyfriend die or call 911.It was Valentine's Day, and the couple were in Room 238 of the Berkshire Inn in Pittsfield, Mass. The night before, four days after Bauer's 6-year-old son was found…

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Quarantined, symptomatic — and counting blessings in Center Moriches

Rosanne and Christopher Yackel of Center Moriches pose at their house during their quarantine. Credit: Christopher YackelA Center Moriches man who tested positive for coronavirus said quarantine with his family has made him feel grateful for what he has in his life.Christopher Yackel, who has been quarantined since March 9…

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Thomas Valva’s mother asks court for permanent custody of other 2 sons

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…

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Suffolk special grand jury, county lawmakers prime for deep dive into Valva case

Suffolk County district attorney Tim Sini speaks at First District Court in Central Islip on April 25, 2019. Credit: James CarboneSuffolk's district attorney and a bipartisan committee of the county legislature have announced they will dig, and dig deeper into the system that failed 8-year-old Thomas Valva.Let the spelunking begin.Timothy…

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Legislative committee wants subpoena power in Valva case

A picture of Thomas Valva at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Center Moriches on Jan. 27. Thomas died of hypothermia on Jan. 17 Credit: James CarboneSuffolk County legislators announced Tuesday they are forming a special committee to investigate the death of Thomas Valva, an 8-year-old boy on the…

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Thomas Valva’s father is ’emotionally distraught’ over son’s death, lawyer says

Michael Valva appears in a courtroom at Suffolk County Court in Riverhead on Thursday. Credit: James CarboneThomas Valva’s death from hypothermia in an unheated garage was a tragic accident and the boy’s NYPD officer father is “emotionally distraught” over the boy’s death, the man’s new court-appointed attorney said Thursday.John LoTurco,…

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Two bills proposed to improve oversight of child welfare workers after death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva

Thomas Valva, 8, was allegedly abused by his father, NYPD father Michael Valva. (HANDOUT) Thomas Valva slipped through the cracks of the child welfare system and now Suffolk County is taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.Two bills are being proposed in the county Legislature Wednesday to increase…

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Mother of frozen child Thomas Valva fears losing home to foreclosure

Justyna Zubko-Valva Dennis A. Clark The tragic Long Island mom whose son was left to freeze to death in an unheated garage is afraid she’s about to lose her home to foreclosure — but apparently shouldn’t be.The Valley Stream condo Justyna Zubko-Valva now shares with her two surviving kids has…

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Documents show systems failed to protect 8-year-old Thomas Valva

Thomas Valva’s mother was so desperate to protect her young sons from harm that she took her case to the nation's top law enforcement officer.Justyna Zubko-Valva wrote a detailed 75-page letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr in July asking for the Justice Department’s intervention.“I cannot sleep well at night…

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Cop accused of killing son whines he can’t afford attorney

Michale Valva (right) John Roca Disgraced NYPD cop Michael Valva, who’s charged with murdering his 8-year-old son , whined in family court Thursday that he’s broke and can’t afford an attorney.Valva, 40, made the declaration during a hearing at Suffolk County Family Court, where he and his fiancée, Angela Pollina,…

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