The disgraced NYPD cop accused of murdering his 8-year-old son sobbed as the harrowing call he made on the day of the youngster’s death was played in court.
Michael Valva, 40, and his fiancée Angela Pollina, 42, were arrested. According to the New York Post, police said Valva’s eight-year-old autistic son Thomas froze to death in their unheated garage in Center Moriches, New York, last January.
A distressed Michael Valva and his fiancée Angela Pollina—sitting on opposite ends of a table in Suffolk County Supreme Court—got choked up when the chilling 911 call was played at a pre-trial hearing.
Valva could be heard telling an operator on Jan. 17, 2020, that his son Thomas had “stopped breathing.”
“He fell down and banged his head,” Valva said during the call. “I don’t know if he’s breathing or not … His heart stopped. He banged his head pretty good.”
Valva questioned the 911 operator on the call, asking whether it was common for his son’s stomach to be “filling up with air” while CPR was being administered, the Sun reported.
The dispatcher asked: “Are you sure he’s not breathing?”
Valva reportedly responded: “I don’t know to be honest,” as he laughed nervously.
“Please help me,” the 40-year-old can be heard pleading with paramedics as they arrived at their Long Island house.
“He banged his head,” Valva said, explaining that he had put Thomas in the shower. “He was OK. I got him dressed.”
Authorities suspect Thomas died of acute hypothermia after being trapped in the couple’s freezing cold garage overnight. Valva and Pollina are accused of torturing Thomas to death.
The two were charged with second-degree murder for reportedly leaving Thomas in the unheated garage when it was just 19 degrees outside. If convicted, they could face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Long Island cop Cassidy Lessard testified to being the first officer to help Thomas.
When Lessard arrived on the scene, Valva was on the phone kneeling by his son’s head, Lessard said.
Thomas never seemed to get any better, and she noticed that he didn’t have a pulse at the time.
“He was cold to the touch,” Lessard testified.
Justyna Zubko-Valva, the child’s mother, filed a $200 million wrongful death lawsuit against Suffolk County officials and school officials in June, alleging that her son’s violence was obvious before his death.
Last February, Assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Kerriann Kelly said that Thomas and his brother Anthony, 10, were begging for food and foraging through the garbage at school.
According to the ADA, teachers told Pollina and Valva to give more food to the boys, but they didn’t.
Andrew Valva, Thomas Valva’s brother, recalled the horrifying experiences of Thomas at his dad’s garage: