Officer Charged With Murder, Kept Son In Freezing Garage


Thomas Valva died on Jan. 17 after being left in an unheated garage overnight, the police said. 

The voices were captured by household surveillance equipment.

“Get your hand off his mouth,” a woman says. “There’s people everywhere.”

The woman, Angela Pollina, was talking to her fiancé, Michael Valva, a New York City police officer. The mouth she was urging him to remove his hand from belonged to his son, Thomas, an 8-year-old with autism, officials said.

Not long after the recording was made, the authorities said, Thomas Valva was dead. He had been kept overnight in the couple’s unheated Long Island garage as the temperature outside plunged to 19 degrees, the police said.

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Officer Michael Valva was arrested and charged on Friday with killing his 8-year-old son.Credit…Johnny Milano for The New York Times
Evidence being removed from the house that Officer Valva and Angela Pollina shared with their children.
Evidence being removed from the house that Officer Valva and Angela Pollina shared with their children.Credit…Johnny Milano for The New York Times
Ms. Pollina was also charged with second-degree murder.
Ms. Pollina was also charged with second-degree murder.Credit…Johnny Milano for The New York Times


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