Thomas Valva’s mother suing child protective services and the school district.

Photo of Thiomas Valva from Justyna Zubko-Valva

Eight-year-old Thomas Valva froze to death after child protection services placed him with an evil police officer and his girlfriend that tortured him until he finally died.

Michael Valva, Thomas’ father and his girlfriend Angela Pollina were accused of locking 8-year-old Thomas Valva in their New York garage to suffer until he died in January of 2020. It was a harsh winter for everyone, and especially for Tommy because was forced to eat hot peppers, and sleep in temperatures below freezing. Tommy was not allowed to go inside and eat healthy food like other children do. He didn’t get to cozy up in the house with a loving family. He suffered for years before God finally took him home.

“Forcing Tommy and [his brother] Anthony to sleep in subfreezing temperatures on a cold, cement slab in the garage was so common in Mr. Valva and Ms. Pollina’s household that they referred to the garage as the ‘kid’s room,’” U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman wrote in a 37-page ruling, summarizing the allegations of the complaint, Klasfeld wrote.

Michael Valva was an NYPD and he and Angela Pollina are charged with second-degree murder. Klasfeld’s report in Law and Crime says that the judge advanced Justyna Zubko-Valva’s lawsuit against child protection services because they could have intervened. “While the barbaric acts of Mr. Valva and Ms. Pollina are directly responsible for Tommy’s death, there is an institutional actor that is almost as culpable,” Judge Korman continued. Defendants associated with Child Protective Services, who face allegations of deliberate indifference include The school district, various attorneys accused of malpractice.

Thomas Valva’s NYPD Dad found guilty of murder. His mother suing for $200 million.

Thomas had a brother, Anthony was abused too. Child Protective Services only stepped in to get him out of that nightmare because they had to when Tommy was dead. “The boy’s mother claims that she presented the school with more than two years’ worth of evidence before her son’s death of the father’s alleged abuse, including audio recordings, photographic evidence, and medical evidence” reports Klasfeld.

The school is facing a wrongful death lawsuit because two years prior to Tommy dying, Justyna Zubko-Valva, Tommy’s mother showed proof that Michael was abusing the boy’s. The school allegedly did not report it until one year after Michael was awarded custody.

“The lawsuit alleges that CPS investigators lied repeatedly to advance the neglect investigation against the mother and fabricated evidence against her. According to the ruling, a judge dismissed that neglect petition and ordered CPS to investigate abuse allegations against the father. Despite reports that the children looked emaciated, CPS closed out its final investigation 10 days before Tommy Valva’s death”, Klasfeld  wrote.

Justyna Zubko-Valva, Tommy’s mother

“The girlfriend” Angelina Pollina, in the case of Thomas Valva’s horrific death was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Adam Klasfeld, Law and Crimes managing editor reports that the mother of an 8-year-old who froze to death in his father’s garage can press her $200 million lawsuit against child protective services officials, the boy’s school, the county and others, a federal judge ruled.

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