Brother says that Thomas Valva constantly makes himself wet because NYPD agent dad did not let him leave the garage
Thomas Valva’s younger brother described how the eight-year-old constantly made himself wet because his father from the NYPD agent did not let him leave the garage to use the bathroom before he finally died in January.
In videos shared on YouTube last week by his mother Justyna Zubko-Valva, Andrew Valva tells horrific incidents in which accused abusers Michael Valva and his fiancée Angela Pollina let the boy with autism sleep in freezing conditions and severely restricted his diet.
The clips show some of the information that is claimed to come directly from the mouth of one of the surviving brothers.
“How much time did they stay in the garage?” Zubko-Valva asks Andrew in a video titled “There is only one truth … Thomas was brutally murdered by Michael Valva and Angela Pollina.”
Thomas Valva (left), an autistic boy, died in January and his brother Andrew (right) claims that he only got one sandwich a day and spent most of his time in an ice-cold garage before he died
NYPD agent Michael Valva (left) and his fiancée Angela Pollina (right) are accused of abusing Thomas Valva who died in January at the age of eight
Andrew answers ‘Every day’ and asked ‘When were they taken out of the garage’, he answers ‘Never’.
Thomas died of hypothermia on January 17 after allegedly starving, beaten and locked up by the father of his NYPD transport agent at night while temperatures dropped below 20 degrees.
Michael Valva was laid to rest on Thursday in the Long Island neighborhood of Melville.
Andrew tells his mother – who is separated from the New York police officer – that it was ‘cold in the locked garage like you were rolling around in the snow’.
The child adds that the boys only had the floor and “no pillow and no blanket” to sleep night after night.
Asked if there is “another reason why they kept Tommy and Anthony in the garage,” Andrew replies “because they kept peeing on themselves.”
The child claims that “because they wanted to pee in the middle of the night and Mom and Dad didn’t allow it,” they continued to pee in their pants because they didn’t go to the bathroom in the midnight.
The mother leads her own interrogation of the child with a witness in the room, the New York Daily News reports.
In a second video she asks Andrew or his brothers Tommy and Anthony were fed while they were in the garage, but he answers: “Only once a day. Just a sandwich. That is it.’
Andrew mentions incidents in which they were “beaten up,” but when asked if any injuries were ever left – “bruises ‘or’ boo-angry ‘- he answers:’Yes, almost everywhere. ”
Pointing to his forehead, he adds: “When Dad beat them up, they had things like here and bleed, and they put a patch on it.
In a caption for a video, Zubko-Valva writes that Michael Valva’s court-appointed “private lawyer Mr. LoTurco must stop making false and misleading statements to the media to justify the brutal murder of my son Tommy from the hands of his father “and Pollina.
Thomas (photo) was only fed once a day. Just a sandwich. That’s it, “said brother Andrew
Andrew tells his mother that his brothers Anthony and Thomas (pictured on a photo of his mother) “kept peeing in their pants because they were not allowed to go to the toilet in the middle of the night”
“Thomas’s murder was NOT an accident, but the tragic result of years of non-stop sadistic abuse by those two abusers,” the mother claims. She claims that the evidence in this case proves that “this was NOT an accident.”
“The garage was ice cold and unheated, my children were locked in the garage with no possibility to get out or use the bathroom, and they were forced to sleep on a concrete floor without mattress, blankets or pillows,” adds Zubko-Valva to the caption.
“Justice for Tommy, Anthony and Andrew must be served!”
Only a few days after the autistic child’s funeral last month, it was revealed that his mother, Zubko-Valva, was worried about Thomas and his brother Anthony, after Michael Valva was given temporary custody of the children.
In September 2017, a judge granted Michael Valva custody of all three boys and Justyna even forbade her children to see, according to documents.
“He’s going to kill my children,” Justyna reportedly told Kimberley Berens, who ran the Fit Learning school, who raised autistic children before they were sent to mainstream schools during a phone call on the night of the verdict.
An indignant Berens then sent a letter to the judge, but allegedly she heard nothing in return.
When Michael Valva was given custody of the children, he removed them from the Fit Learning school.
Two months after Michael Valva received custody of the children, Justyna filed her first complaint about neglect of the child in Suffolk County via the hotline on November 7, 2017.
According to the Daily News, Justyna claimed that Michael Valva and his fiancée Angela Pollina had physically and emotionally abused her children.
Her complaint stated that the children were starving and alienated from their mother.
Justyna told the newspaper that her complaint was closed two days later without investigation.
Another complaint was filed against Valva and Pollina with Child Protective Services in January 2019 by a school official.
The mother endorses the clips and says that she seeks justice for her boys, and added that they were forced to sleep on concrete floors without blankets or pillows
“Justice for Tommy, Anthony and Andrew must be served!” she writes on the video
In September 2017, a judge granted Michael Valva (photo) custody of all three boys and Justyna even forbade her children from seeing, according to documents
“Thomas, 7 years old, presented today a straight, swollen black eye that he didn’t have in the last two days,” said the Daily News complaint.
“There is a history of physical abuse in the house that Thomas is involved in, so his black eye is suspected because of conflicting statements and conflicting timelines.”
Thomas and Anthony mentioned that report as ‘mistreated’.
Despite the allegations, CPS concluded that the case “had not reached the level of immediate or imminent danger of serious damage”.
The desk did not intervene.
A month later another complaint was made against Michael Valva and Pollina. This time the school official claimed that Anthony had come to school “with his backpack soaked in urine.”
‘Anthony has stayed in the garage and is not allowed in his room because of his peeing in his bed. Because the child is soaked in urine, he has a foul odor and is extremely cold, “the official said, according to the Daily News.
Three more complaints were submitted in March, May and August, but nothing was ever done.
Thomas’ death has since given rise to an investigation into the social services department and how it dealt with allegations of abuse against the couple and the children who lived with them.
Several complaints were made against Valva and Pollina (photo) at Child Protective Services, including one in January 2019 by a school official
After his death, Thomas’ brothers were put in custody with their mother. Pollina’s daughters were placed under the care of their biological fathers
A separate task force will investigate how the department deals with cases of children with developmental disabilities.
After the boy’s death, Valva and his fiancee collected donations from a GoFundMe page.
They were accused of his murder after an autopsy showed that Thomas had died of hypothermia.
According to police, cameras, and microphones set up in Mike Valva’s house, they took audio from him and Angela who challenged Thomas while he died.
The audio files are said to have recorded the pair discussing the fact that Thomas suffered from hypothermia, was washed with cold water, was unable to walk and was ‘face-planting’ on the concrete.
They laughed when they said “he is cold” and that he had “planted the floor with the face.”
Pollina commented: “Do you know why he falls?”
Valva replied: “Because he is cold … boo f ***** g hoo”.
After his death, Thomas’ brothers were put in custody with their mother. Pollina’s daughters were placed under the care of their biological fathers.