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Michael Valva found guilty of second-degree murder in death of 8-year-old son Thomas Valva

Ex-NYPD officer Michael Valva found guilty of murder in son’s death


A verdict was reached Friday night time in the case towards the previous NYPD officer accused in the death of his 8-year-old son.

CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan has been masking this story because it broke two years in the past and was in the courtroom.

She reviews you might hear a pin drop as the decision was learn, then a pant — guilty of murdering his 8-year-old son, Thomas, who had autism.

“The most important result of this was justice for Tommy,” one girl mentioned.

“This type of torture that was allowed to go on for so many years,” one other girl mentioned.

“The unbelievable tragedy of this case … A small, small measure of justice,” Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney mentioned.

In the months main as much as his death from hypothermia, 8-year-old Tommy was subjected to unspeakable cruelties, together with hunger, beatings and emotional abuse. Yet the protection argued, “Despite parental deficiencies, Michael did not want Thomas to die.”

“There was a signifcant amount of evidence against our client and so we understand the verdict, we are disappointed in the verdict,” protection lawyer John Loturco mentioned.

Valva’s attorneys declare the ex-NYPD cop was managed by his domineering fiancée, Angela Pollina, who despised Thomas and 10-year-old Anthony as a result of they have been on the autism spectrum.

After they moved into the Bittersweet Lane house in Center Moriches together with her daughters, the 2 brothers suffered from incontinence. It was Pollina’s concept to banish them to the storage, and after they had rest room accidents, Valva texted, “Ok, I’ll beat them up again. Talking don’t work. Maybe a bloody face will.”

Jurors appeared overcome with proof — pictures and movies of the boys shivering on the concrete flooring, consuming off paper plates, sleeping in subzero temperatures with out pillows or blankets.

On the freezing January morning Thomas died, says the ADA, he had rest room points. His dad hosed him off bare in the yard. Thomas stumbled and fell on his face. Valva may be heard saying on the safety digicam, “He’s cold. Boo [expletive] hoo.”

When Valva referred to as 911, he instructed the operator, “My name is Michael. I’m a police officer with the city of New York. My son, I don’t know if he’s breathing or not. I don’t know if his heart stopped. He fell down on his way to the bus. He banged his head pretty good. I brought him in. I’m doing CPR right now.”

Thomas was useless, a physique temperature of 76 levels. 

The protection workforce argued it was not intentional wicked indifference and requested the jury to convict on the lesser of the three costs — criminally negligent murder. They argued Valva was overwhelmed emotionally and financially after a contentious custody battle together with his ex-wife, Justyna Zubko Valva, who was not current on the trial, as she is suing the county.

When police got here to arrest Valva and Pollina, they have been in mattress collectively. Tommy’s backpack with personal notes and artwork lay untouched on the storage flooring.

ADA Kerriann Kelly instructed a hushed courtroom, “The kind of belonging that any loving, grieving parent would have latched onto, it meant nothing to him, just like Thomas.”

Thomas’s two brothers are again in the custody of their mom.

Angela Pollina’s trial resulting from start in January as this coronary heart wrenching saga goes on.

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