HEAT ALERT

Steamy stretch of weather arrives on Long Island; temps will feel like between 90 to 95

Suffolk Social Services: CPS was notified of alleged abuse of slain 8-year-old boy

The Suffolk County Department of Social Services says that Child Protective Services were notified about the abuse an 8-year-old boy killed in Center Moriches last week.

News 12 Staff

Jan 25, 2020, 1:29 PM

Updated 1,607 days ago

Share:

The Suffolk County Department of Social Services says that Child Protective Services was notified about the abuse of an 8-year-old boy killed in Center Moriches last week.
They say that CPS was involved with the family and that safeguards were ordered to protect the children. Despite those orders, Suffolk County police say Thomas Valva was repeatedly abused by his father, 40-year-old NYPD Officer Michael Valva, and his father's fiancee, 42-year-old Angela Pollina.
The announcement comes after multiple people, including the boy's mother, have been saying that CPS were notified about ongoing abuse in the home.
Valva’s biological mother Justyna Zubko-Valva says she tried for years to have the child and her two other sons taken away from their father.
Zubko-Valva says she tried for years to have the child and her two other sons taken away from their father -- even providing documents that she says highlight unthinkable abuse, including food depravation, exposure to extreme cold, and a lack of basic hygiene.
The couple is accused of forcing Thomas Valva to spend the night in their unheated garage when temperatures outside dropped under 20 degrees.
The next day, police were called to the house on a report that the child had fallen in the driveway. He was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital.
According to police, the boy was never in the driveway and his face and head injuries were inconsistent with the 911 call.
Suffolk Social Services Commissioner Frances Pierre said in a statement that petitions against the family for child neglect were filed in Suffolk Family Court in 2018. The statement also says that "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."
Thomas Valva's mother said more should have been done.
"Every time I kept telling the judge, 'If you're not going to remove the children they are going to die under his care and custody,'" said Justyna Zubko-Valva. "There was evidence, hard evidence. Reports filed. Children were telling me too, about the abuse."
One of the reports from February of last year focuses on Thomas' older brother, Anthony. It reads, "Anthony has been coming to school with his clothes and backpack soaked in urine. Anthony has been staying in the garage and is not allowed in his room due to him urinating in his bed."
Michael Valva and Pollina were both charged with second-degree murder and are being held without bail.
Michael Valva has also been suspended without pay from the NYPD.
"They caused the death of this little boy and then they watched him die,” says Suffolk District Attorney Tim Sini. “And during that, they showed not only any regard for his life, but they showed callousness that I certainly have never seen in my time as a prosecutor or as a police commissioner."
undefined
 


More from News 12
2:13
HEAT ALERT: Steamy stretch of weather moves in with feel-like temps between 90 to 95 today

HEAT ALERT: Steamy stretch of weather moves in with feel-like temps between 90 to 95 today

1:51
Police: 2 men arrested for stealing ATMs from several Suffolk businesses

Police: 2 men arrested for stealing ATMs from several Suffolk businesses

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

0:24
Police: 2 women on paddleboards rescued from Long Island Sound

Police: 2 women on paddleboards rescued from Long Island Sound

1:00
Baldwin baby goes home after 6 months in NYU Langone Hospital's NICU

Baldwin baby goes home after 6 months in NYU Langone Hospital's NICU

1:08
Garden Guide: 3 tips for perfect orchids

Garden Guide: 3 tips for perfect orchids

0:31
Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

Dollar Tree left lead-tainted applesauce pouches on store shelves for weeks after recall, FDA says

1:34
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's Sunday sauce

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's Sunday sauce

2:13
Voters in Sachem and West Babylon school districts approve budgets

Voters in Sachem and West Babylon school districts approve budgets

2:06
Tara Rosenblum discusses exclusive News 12 investigation 'When Home Hurts'

Tara Rosenblum discusses exclusive News 12 investigation 'When Home Hurts'

2:28
Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

1:06
Long Beach City Council unanimously approves starting beach season earlier

Long Beach City Council unanimously approves starting beach season earlier

1:41
Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

1:47
Inaugural Black Legacy Awards and Juneteenth Awards Dinner held in Hempstead

Inaugural Black Legacy Awards and Juneteenth Awards Dinner held in Hempstead

1:13
Retired Bay Shore elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing students faces child porn charges

Retired Bay Shore elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing students faces child porn charges

1:55
FAA set to force LI air traffic controllers to relocate to Philadelphia in weeks

FAA set to force LI air traffic controllers to relocate to Philadelphia in weeks

0:21
Suffolk DA: Alleged MS-13 gang member indicted for attack that blinded 2 men

Suffolk DA: Alleged MS-13 gang member indicted for attack that blinded 2 men

0:22
Police: Man wanted for stealing tools, security camera from Coram garage

Police: Man wanted for stealing tools, security camera from Coram garage

1:26
Made on Long Island: Kate’s Vintage Rose in Stony Brook

Made on Long Island: Kate’s Vintage Rose in Stony Brook

1:48
Man sentenced to up to 21 years in prison for crash that killed married couple in Laurel Hollow

Man sentenced to up to 21 years in prison for crash that killed married couple in Laurel Hollow