Police officer's dog slept in heated room while autistic son, 8, froze to death in garage, court hears

Police officer's dog slept in heated room while autistic son, 8, froze to death in garage, court hears



A former NYPD officer, Michael Valva, is accused of murdering his 8-year-old son, who had autism by letting him freeze to death in his garage.


8-year-old Thomas Valva was allegedly forced to sleep in sub-freezing temperatures in the garage of his father's Long Island, N.Y., home, hours before his death while the family's dog, Bella, slept in a heated room nearby, a former housekeeper testified this week.


Valva and his fiancée, Angela Pollina, both face second-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in the death of the boy, who had been diagnosed with autism. Both have entered not guilty pleas.






During a pre-trial hearing for former New York City police officer Michael Valva this week, prosecution witness Tyrene Rodriguez recalled hearing the boy take his last breaths on the morning of Jan. 17, 2020.


"He made noises as the air was expelling from his body," Rodriguez said in court, according to PIX 11, Newsday, and the New York Post.







According to Newsday reports, Valva wiped away tears as Rodriguez recounted his efforts to revive a naked Thomas in the home's basement.


He was doing chest compressions on the child, who she said was "very cold" and appeared blue in color.


"He was very blue ... his lips were blue," Rodriguez said.


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