When the agents arrived at the Long Island address from which they had been notified to attend a warning, they found Michael Valva, also a policeman, practicing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on his son, Thomas, 8 years old. The boy, who suffered from autism, had lost consciousness after hitting a fall, according to his father. However, the medical examination revealed a much worse reality: the boy had died of hypothermia, after spending the night punished in the garage without heating, according to the researchers.
Michael Valva, 40, and his partner, Angela Pollina, 42, were arrested on charges of second-degree manslaughter (not premeditated). The events occurred on the 17th, when the police from Suffolk County (New York State, USA) arrived at the house. The boy was taken to the Long Island hospital, where his death was declared.
“We believe with certainty that they had Thomas in the garage the night before he died,” said Geraldine Hart, police officer for Suffolk County. That night, temperatures dropped to 7 degrees below zero. The child’s body temperature was only 24 ° C when doctors tried to revive him, according to Hart.
Investigators found a comprehensive security system in the house, and the couple kept records of all the children each contributed to the relationship, according to the NBC network. Valva, a New York police officer, had three children: Thomas and two other children aged 6 and 10. Pollina has three daughters, two 11-year-old twins and a 6-year-old girl. The recorded images show how the couple punished the children “depriving them of food and exposing them to extremely cold temperatures.”