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Crime NYPD cop and fiancee allegedly froze 8-year-old autistic son to death, police said

19:30  25 january  2020
19:30  25 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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An NYPD cop and his fiancee forced the officer’s abused 8 - year - old autistic son to sleep in a freezing garage, where he died, officials said Friday. Michael Valva and Angela Pollina are now charged with murder in what authorities say is one of the worst child abuse cases they have seen.

An NYPD officer and his fiancée were arrested Friday morning on Long Island in the death of the transit cop ’s 8 - year - old son , who reportedly died after falling in a driveway, police and sources said . Michael Valva, 40, and his fiancée Angela Pollina, 42, both of 11 Bittersweet Lane in Center Moriches

An 8-year-old autistic boy died of hypothermia last week after his NYPD cop dad allegedly placed him inside a freezing cold garage as temperatures dropped well below zero, officials said.

  NYPD cop and fiancee allegedly froze 8-year-old autistic son to death, police said © Jaromir Chalabala/EyeEm/Getty Images

Suffolk County police arrested 40-year-old Michael Valva and his 42-year-old fiancee, Angela Pollina, on Friday for the second-degree murder of Thomas Valva.

Valva called the police on Jan. 17 to report that Thomas fell in the driveway of their home around 9:30 a.m. in Center Morchices, New York, while waiting for the school bus.

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A veteran New York City police officer and his fiancée were arrested and charged with the murder of the man's 8 - year - old son , who froze to death in an unheated garage, authorities said Friday.

An NYPD officer and his fiancee have been charged in the death of his 8 - year - old son on Long Island, accused of "Thomas Valva was subjected to freezing temperatures in the home's unheated garage overnight when the outside temperature was 19 degrees," Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said .

The child was taken to Long Island Community Hospital where his "body temperature was at 76 degrees," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said at a press conference on Friday.

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"Thomas Valva was subjected to freezing temperatures in the homes, unheated garage, overnight when the outside temperature was 19 degrees," said Hart.

As police investigated Thomas' death, Valva launched an online fundraiser to cover the cost of his son's funeral expenses. The community's donations to the now-defunct fundraiser surpassed Valva's requested $10,000 goal.

Police found that the injuries to Thomas' head and face were inconsistent with Valva's description on the 911 call and there was a history of reports to child protective services.

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City police officer and his fiancée were arrested Friday on Long Island and charged with murder in connection with the death of the officer's 8 - year - old son the police said .ImageLast week, officers responded to a report of an 8 - year - old boy who fell in the driveway of a home on Bittersweet Lane in

NYPD Officer Michael Valva and fiancée Angela Pollina have been arrested and charged with the murder of his 8 - year - old The boy was allegedly kept in an unheated garage the night before his death A veteran New York City police officer and his fiancée were arrested and charged with the

"Not only did they fail to render any type of meaningful aid, they lied to the police officers, they lied to the EMTs," Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters on Friday. "This is one of the worse crimes...he died right in front of their eyes."

The medical examiner ruled the boy’s death a homicide and found that hypothermia was a major contributing factor, the Associated Press reported.

Suffolk County Judge Edward J. Hennessey ordered both Valva and Pollina held without bail. Their case will be presented to a grand jury and the next court date is on Jan. 29.

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Thomas' mother, Justyna Zubko Valva, told News12 Long Island that she begged a family court judge to remove their children from her ex's custody or they were "going to die."

"Every time I kept telling the judge, 'if you're not going to remove the children, they are going to die under his care and custody,'" said Zubko Valva to the station. "There was evidence, hard evidence. Reports filed. Children were telling me too about the abuse."

Valva has two other sons, ages 6 and 10, while Pollina has twin 11-year-old daughters and a 6-year-old daughter.

Sini said the 10-year-old and 8-year-old boys were both on the autism spectrum and were “at times forced to sleep in the garage.”

Valva joined the NYPD in 2005 and, according to online records, he earned $100,000 in 2019. The transit cop has been suspended without pay, the police department said.

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If convicted, the couple faces 25 years to life in prison.

The community is expected to hold a vigil for Thomas at Kalers Pond on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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