'I exiled them.' Angela Pollina testifies in trial for death of Thomas Valva
Angela Pollina took the stand Tuesday in the trial for the death of Thomas Valva, who prosecutors say was forced to sleep in a freezing garage for months.
The defendant cried at several points of her testimony, admitting that she banished Thomas Valva and his brother Anthony to the garage during a contentious relationship with their father.
"I exiled them, I didn't know what to do," Pollina said during her testimony. "It was evil and horrible."
Pollina says she looked out the window on the morning Thomas Valva died and was "shocked" to see the father hosing the child down.
She says she felt him, and he was cold but was still conscious and saying "Ow."
Pollina says when she noticed Thomas Valva's eyes begin to close and he stopped breathing, she ran up to get a cell phone and called 911.
She says she was watching from a bathroom when emergency personnel came and performed CPR on the eight-year-old and could barely look.
Cross-examination of Pollina by the prosecution is expected to take place on Wednesday.