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Former NYPD Officer Accused Of Killing Son Contests Evidence In Case

This Jan. 24, 2020 photo provided by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, shows New York Police Department officer Michael Valva who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 8-year-old Thomas Valva in Center Moriches, N.Y.
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This Jan. 24, 2020 photo provided by the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, shows New York Police Department officer Michael Valva who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 8-year-old Thomas Valva in Center Moriches, N.Y.

The former New York City police officer who is accused of killing his 8-year-old son said Suffolk County police illegally searched his Center Moriches home.

Michael Valva asked a judge this week to throw out key evidence in the case against him. Prosecutors have video and audio of his autistic son Thomas being forced to sleep in an unheated garage. Thomas died of hypothermia in January.

Valva said he discovered on his home video surveillance system that Suffolk police searched his property without permission and before obtaining a warrant. He said members of the NYPD police union were with him when he asked Suffolk investigators to leave his home.

Prosecutors said Valva’s fiancee, Angela Pollina, gave police written permission to access the surveillance footage, and have search warrants for follow-up investigations.

Both Valva and Pollina have pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and child endangerment.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.