An NYPD cop and his fiancée were arrested on murder charges after his 8-yr-old fashioned son, Thomas Valva, died from hypothermia within the house’s garage.
Forty-yr-old fashioned Michael Valva and his 42-yr-old fashioned fiancée Angela Pollina were arrested on Friday by Suffolk County police on charges of 2nd level murder.
“They engaged in conduct that created a grave probability of death to this child,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart acknowledged at apress conferenceon Friday. Fixed with police, the boy became allegedly locked within the household’s unheated garage in a single day and the exterior temperature became 19 levels.
Hart acknowledged police first answered to a 911 call on Jan. 17, whereby Valva acknowledged his son had fallen while expecting the college bus. When police arrived to the house in Heart Morchices, N.Y., they realized Valva preforming CPR on his son within the basement. The boy became rushed to Long Island Community Hospital, where he became pronounced silly.
Hart acknowledged that on the time of the boy’s arrival on thesuccessfully being facility, his body temperature became appropriate 76 levels. His death has been ruled a murder. Police started an investigation and acknowledged they realized inconsistencies in Valva’s preliminary model of the events. They additionally acknowledged they reviewed surveillance photographs from internal and out of doorways the house that the household inclined to “intently” show screen their six younger of us.
Fixed with police, Valva has two other sons who are 6 and 10, and Pollina has twin 11-yr-old fashioned girls and one 6-yr-old fashioned daughter. Police acknowledged they imagine the older boys were generally made to sleep within the household’s garage or be denied meals. “We are peaceful investigating the extent of theabuseand if it prolonged to the total younger of us,” Hart acknowledged.
The different younger of us were eradicated from Valva’s house after Thomas’ death on Jan. 17, per police.
The Associated Press reportsthat at Valva and Pollina’s arraignment Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini acknowledged that the pair “evinced no regard for this child’s human existence… They precipitated his death both by forcing him to sleep in frigid temperatures within the garage and then by failing to attain the rest to support him as he died real in entrance of their eyes.” The AP additionally reports that prosecutors acknowledged that they had audio files of the couple discussing the truth Thomas became dying of hypothermia.
The AP reports the pair both pleaded now not responsible and were ordered held without bail.
Pollina’s criminal knowledgeable Matthew Tuohy suggested TIME she’s “affirming her innocence.” Valva’s criminal knowledgeable Austin Manghan would possibly doubtless now not be straight reached for comment.
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