Thomas Valva

Valva, ThomasName: Thomas Valva.
Died: January 17, 2020.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Long Island, New York, USA.

Details:
Thomas was a friendly, well-liked second-grader who liked to play outside. When he was two, he spoke his first words–“Ball” and “go”–when playing with a therapist, rolling a ball back and forth. He also liked puzzles. His therapist remembers how affectionate Thomas and his mother were, while his father seemed distant.

When Thomas’s mother and father divorced, his father used his clout as a police officer and his ex-wife’s status as a Polish immigrant to get sole custody. There Thomas lived with three stepsisters and two brothers. His father and stepmother abused the children, especially Thomas and his older brother, who is also autistic. The boys were starved, beaten, and made to sleep in the cold, unfinished garage.

One morning, after a 17-degree freezing night, Thomas’s father found him dying from hypothermia and mocked him as he died, then tried to pretend that he had fallen on the driveway. Their story fell apart–Thomas’s injuries, including the marks of beatings and hypothermia, were simply not consistent with it–and they were charged with second-degree murder.

References:
NYPD Officer Michael Valva, charged with murder after his autistic son froze to death in garage, quits police force
A Dozen Calls to Child Abuse Hotline Did Not Save 8-Year-Old Boy
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Thomas Valva Death, ‘Amazing’ Mom Lost Her Special Boy to a House of Horrors
NYPD officer and fiancée charged with murder of cop’s 8-year-old autistic son who froze to death in garage
NYPD Dad Charged In Frigid-Garage Death Of Boy, 8: Cops
NYPD cop Michael Valva abused son Thomas Valva for years before his death, mom claims
‘I’m Not Surprised,’ Nanny Says Of 8-Year-Old’s Horrific Death
Child services ignored complaints about cop before his son died
NYPD officer Michael Valva, fiancée charged with murder in death of cop’s 8-year-old son
Father, His Fiancée Face Murder Charges In Death Of 8-Year-Old Long Island Boy
NYPD Cop & Fiancee Accused of Killing 8-Year-Old Boy

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