A Long Island boy froze to death after his police officer father and his fiancée left him in their unheated garage overnight.
A viewing for the 8-year-old boy, Thomas Valva, has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a break from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to the funeral home’s website. Also on Wednesday, the boy’s father, Michael Valva, and his fiancée, Angela Pollina, will be in court facing charges of second-degree murder.
The child died earlier this month of hypothermia after Michael, 40, and Angela, 42, reportedly forced him to sleep in the cold garage of their home. The next day, Michael found the boy unconscious and called 911 saying his son had fallen in the driveway while waiting for his school bus. When paramedics arrived, however, they found that Thomas had a body temperature of 76 degrees. He was rushed to a local hospital but pronounced dead soon after. After some investigation, his death was ruled a homicide.
Michael and Angela were charged on January 24, in Suffolk County District Court, and face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters that Thomas and his 10-year-old brother — who are both on the autism spectrum — were “at times forced to sleep in the garage,” by the couple.