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Horror details emerge after dad ‘forced son to sleep on dog pads & dig through school garbage before boy froze to death’ English Headline


A FORMER police officer is accused of putting his children through years of horrific abuse, resulting in the 2020 freezing death of his autistic eight-year-old son.

Opening statements happened on Wednesday in the trial of ex-NYPD cop Michael Valva. 43.

The opening statements for the trial against Michael Valva began on Wednesday

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The opening statements for the trial against Michael Valva began on WednesdayCredit: Getty
Valva is accused of abusing his eight-year-old autistic son, Thomas, resulting in the boy freezing to death

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Valva is accused of abusing his eight-year-old autistic son, Thomas, resulting in the boy freezing to death

Young Thomas Valva and his 10-year-old brother Anthony were beaten, starved and forced to sleep on dog pads by their father and his former fiancée, Angela Polina, said Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe.

“I will beat them until they bleed,” Valva allegedly texted Polina about his children, said Newcombe. “It is the only thing that works.”

School officials said the children, both of whom have special needs, would come to class in soiled clothes and would rummage through the trash for food.

“They were observed at school literally eating crumbs off the floor,” Newcombe told jurors.

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On January 17, 2020, Valva claimed that his son fell and hit his head while calling 911, however, prosecutors said the boy was forced to spend the night locked in a garage with no heat.

The cop reportedly told the phone operator that his son Thomas had “stopped breathing”, the New York Post reported.

He claimed that the youngster had fallen and banged his head.

Valva said: “I don’t know if he’s breathing or not. His heart stopped. He banged his head pretty good.”

It was heard on the call that Valva questioned the 911 operator as he asked whether it was normal for his son’s stomach to be “filling up with air” as CPR was being given.

The dispatcher asked: “Are you sure he’s not breathing?”

Valva reportedly responded: “I don’t know to be honest” and laughed nervously.

Thomas died from extreme hypothermia after he spent 16 hours inside the garage with his older brother.

The couple was charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child. They are being tried separately.

The child’s mother Justyna Zubo-Valva filed a $200million wrongful death lawsuit last June against Suffolk County officials and school representatives, claiming her son’s abuse was apparent before his death.

According to prosecutors, the boys started being abused right after the couple moved into the home at 11 Bittersweet Lane in Central Moriches in 2017.

Polina’s three daughters also lived in the home.

One of Valva’s lawyers blamed Polina for Thomas’ death, arguing that the father looked the other way in order to maintain his relationship with her.

“He tried his best to salvage the relationship,” said attorney Anthony La Pinta. “Eleven Bittersweet Lane was becoming more bitter by the day.”

La Pinta added that Polina complained about Valva “making it too comfortable” for his kids.

The father would give his boys mattresses, blankets, books and a television set, but La Pinta claimed Polina wouldn’t allow the children to keep it after they soiled themselves.

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“This was not a senseless act of evil,” said La Pinta. “You need to think with your heads and not with your hearts.”

If convicted, Valva could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Valva's ex-fiancée, Angela Polina, was also charged with second-degree murder

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Valva’s ex-fiancée, Angela Polina, was also charged with second-degree murderCredit: Getty
Valva's attorneys argued that the father turned the other way while Polina was the one who abused Thomas and his older brother

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Valva’s attorneys argued that the father turned the other way while Polina was the one who abused Thomas and his older brotherCredit: CBS





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