Crime Vigil held to remember boy who apparently froze in Long Island garage

01:55  28 january  2020
01:55  28 january  2020 Source:   abc7ny.com

Vigil held in honor of man shot while helping clerk during robbery

  Vigil held in honor of man shot while helping clerk during robbery Vigil held in honor of man shot while helping clerk during robberyHe didn't have a traditional job, but friends said he earned a small amount of money doing everything from stocking shelves at convenience stores, to washing windshields for tips.

“Let us remember precious Thomas, who is no longer subject to the cold or a hungry belly.” "Tonight is all about Tommy, my little baby who just loved everybody," Zubko-Valva said at Kalers Pond in Center Moriches, the community where the boy and his two brothers lived with their father.

The boy was rushed to Long Island Community Hospital where he died. Authorities say he had been subjected to freezing temperatures overnight in the unheated garage when the outside temperatures dipped to 19 degrees. He and Pollina are being held without bail and due back in court next week.

Hundreds came together at a candlelight vigil to mourn an 8-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his father and his father's fiancee on Long Island, as the investigation into his death continues.

Thomas Valva, a third-grader at East Moriches Elementary School who had autism, was found unresponsive at his home on Bittersweet Lane in Center Moriches on Friday, January 17, and was later pronounced dead at Long Island Community Hospital.

Homicide Detectives Investigating Long Island 8-Year-Old’s Death In Driveway

  Homicide Detectives Investigating Long Island 8-Year-Old’s Death In Driveway Police say they were called to the home on Bittersweet Lane in Center Moriches for what a parent called a "horrible accident."Police say they were called to the home on Bittersweet Lane in Center Moriches, N.Y., on Friday morning for a report of a child who fell in a driveway, reports CBSN New York’s Jennifer McLogan.

The vigil will be held 5 p.m. Sunday at Kalers Pond in Center Moriches.The blue ribbons commemorate Thomas’ life and promote the prevention of child abuse, neighbors said. District Court Judge Edward Hennessey ordered the two held without bail, saying the pair were potential flight risks.

Make a long site that is mandatory on take your vehicles to warn drivers when a Tuesday marked one year since 3-year-old Myles Hill was found dead in a hot day care van.The little boy was in the van for A vigil was scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. to honor the child.

Authorities alleged his father, 42-year-old NYPD Officer Michael Valva, frequently abused the boy and forced him and his 10-year-old brother Anthony to sleep in the garage in frigid temperatures without blankets or pillows.

"Thomas Valva was subjected to freezing temperatures in the home's unheated garage overnight when the outside temperature was 19 degrees," said Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, adding that the boy's temperature was just 76 degrees when he arrived at the hospital.

Michael Valva and 42-year-old Angela Pollina are now charged with second-degree murder with depraved indifference to human life, and both have pleaded not guilty.

The Suffolk County Department of Social Services confirmed previous contact with the family after allegations of child neglect. Safegaurds were put in place, and Commissioner Frances Pierre said a full investigation is underway to ensure protocols were followed.

NYPD officer and his fiancée charged with death of son

  NYPD officer and his fiancée charged with death of son NYPD officer Michael Valva and his fiancée have been arrested and charged with the second-degree murder of his 8-year-old son.Michael Valva, 40, and Angela Pollina, 42, were both charged with second-degree murder. The couple allegedly left Valva's son, Thomas, overnight in the unheated, unfinished garage of their Long Island home last week, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said in a press conference.

The best garage storage Long Island has to offer. We specialize in shelving, cabinets, flooring, and overhead storage. Our garage shelving is engineered to hold more than other shelving on the market. We have the skills and products to help you with your garage organization in Long Island .

forced the boy to sleep in a freezing garage — gave emotional words at a candlelight vigil in Long Island on Sunday night. Investigators later determined the boy died as a result of hypothermia after he was subjected to “ freezing temperatures” in the couple’s unheated garage overnight.

Pierre issued the following statement:

"The Department of Social Services is heartbroken by the passing of Thomas Valva. Department personnel are continuing to provide all available information on this matter to law enforcement and will continue to cooperate fully throughout the investigation. Suffolk County Child Protective Services has had involvement with the Valva/ Pollina family. Petitions for child neglect were filed in Suffolk County Family Court in 2018. Safeguards ordered to protect the children included court-ordered home supervision for a period of one year, Orders of Protection for the parents to refrain from harmful behaviors towards the children and mandated participation in a Positive Parenting Program had been put in place. Subsequent to the expiration of the order of protection, CPS investigated additional complaints relating to the family. DSS is formally reviewing the management of the case to ensure that all protocols were followed in accordance with the law. Due to confidentiality mandates and the nature of this ongoing investigation, the Department cannot comment further at this time."

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

  NYPD cop and fiancee allegedly froze 8-year-old autistic son to death, police said NYPD officer Michael Valva allegedly left his 8-year-old son in the freezing garage overnight.

“Thomas Valva was subjected to freezing temperatures in the home’s unheated garage overnight, when Valva and Pollina have pleaded not guilty but remain in jail after they were held without bail. Suffolk Social Services Commissioner Frances Pierre told News12 in Long Island that petitions

The vigil in memory of Scott Wilcox was held outside the martial arts studio he owned in Towanda. “Our boy is seven years old and if he was struggling with discipline and responsibilities and just things an average seven year old may struggle with after we brought him here, his life totally changed

Police say Michael Valva had called 911 and said his son had fallen in the driveway while waiting for the school bus and was unconscious. When police arrived, Valva was performing CPR on Thomas in the basement.

"We determined Thomas was never in the driveway that morning, and he suffered head and facial injuries that were not consistent with the father's account," Hart said.

Police made the arrest after reviewing home security surveillance video, and prosecutors say each room of the house had a camera that was labeled. They said the camera in the garage was low to the ground and pointed toward the floor with the label "the kids' room."

They said video from the two previous nights showed Thomas and Anthony sleeping on the garage floor, shivering.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe said during the arraignment of Valva and Pollina late Friday that audio files recovered from the home recorded the couple discussing the fact that the child was suffering from hypothermia, had been washed with cold water, couldn't walk and was "face-planting" on the concrete on the morning he was killed.

Elderly couple dies of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning after car left running in New Smyrna Beach garage

  Elderly couple dies of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning after car left running in New Smyrna Beach garage A New Smyrna Beach couple died Sunday in an apparent case of carbon monoxide poisoning after a car was left running inside their garage, deputies said. Related video above: Keyless ignition poses carbon monoxide threat Sign up for our Newsletters Officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the Atlantic Avenue home of William Whitehurst, 93, and Dorothy Whitehurst, 91, around 5:45 p.m. Sunday. A neighbor and family friend had checked on them and discovered the Whitehursts dead in their bed. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

HUNTINGTON, Long Island (WABC) -- Dozens gathered in Huntington Wednesday afternoon to remember a Long Island native killed in the Parkland The vigil was held at Huntington Town Hall and was attended by people from various government agencies and by students, faculty and staff of

The Long Beach man was remembered at the memorial as trustworthy, loyal, loved and motivational by those who knew him. “I want you to remember about my son that he was a God-fearing man, first off, and that he was a caring person, and to know Lavell is to love Lavell,” said Michael Mann, Lavell’s

Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said he had listened to the audio himself.

"I can't describe it in words," he said. "The depravity of these defendants is shocking."

The child's mother, Justyna Zubko-Valva, said her son was a happy boy who loved playing outside. She said the abuse was prevalent.

"Nobody did anything," the boy's mother Justyna Zuubko-Valva, said. "I tried, I fought so hard to, you know, fought for justice for my children...It shouldn't get to the point that, you know, my son lost his life to actually for somebody to do something."

Viewings will be held Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Mangano Family Funeral Home on Deer Park Avenue in Deer Park. A funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church on Wolf Hill Road in Melville, with burial to follow at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale.

Authorities are still investigating whether a 6-year-old brother was also abused, and if Pollina's three children -- 11-year-old twins and 6-year-old -- had suffered any abuse. All five children are now at a safe location.

The defense denied the accusations, calling them pure speculation and maintaining Valva's innocence. He was remanded without bail.

Valva, who joined the NYPD in 2005 and is assigned to transit, has been suspended without pay, the department said.


* More Long Island news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Cop, fiancee due in court in Long Island 8-year-old's freezing death .
Cop, fiancee due in court in Long Island 8-year-old's freezing deathOfficer Michael Valva and Angela Pollina will be arraigned after being indicted on charges of murder and endangering the welfare of a child.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 4
This is interesting!