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Thomas Valva’s Mother Files $200M Wrongful Death Suit

Thomas Valva Funeral
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Justyna Zubko-Valva and her children after the funeral for her son Thomas Valva, 8, at St. Elizabeth's Church in Melville, N.Y., in Jan. The boy's father Michael Valva and his fiancee, Angela Pollina, are charged with Thomas's death.

A federal lawsuit alleges Long Island officials ignored warnings of sexual and physical abuse that led to the death of an 8-year-old child earlier this year.

Police say Thomas Valva died of hypothermia after being forced to sleep in an unheated garage in Center Moriches. 

The child lived with his father, a NYPD police officer, and his fiancee.

The child’s mother filed a $200 million lawsuit that alleges county and school officials dismissed evidence that she tried to show them regarding child abuse in the Valva home.

Her attorney says the suit raises questions about how police officers accused of wrongdoing are investigated.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.
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