Suffolk legislators to take more time to review Valva bill before holding public hearing
Proposed legislation that was introduced after Thomas Valva's death is now on hold.
Suffolk County lawmakers Thursday opted not to hold a public hearing on the measure yet. They say they want more time to review the bill.
Valva, an 8-year-old with autism, was forced to sleep in an unheated garage for months before he died. His father and his father's ex-fiancée are in prison for his murder.
The proposed law would allow people who report child abuse claims to file appeals if a case worker determines there is not enough evidence.
Dozens of teachers at Valva's school say they filed complaints with Suffolk County Child Protective Services before Valva's death.