Thomas Valva’s Mother Approves CPS Evaluation Of 2 Other Sons During Court Hearing

Sophia Hall
February 13, 2020 - 6:40 pm
Justyna and Thomas Valva

Justyna Zubko-Valva


CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — The NYPD officer charged in the death of his 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva, and the boy’s mother were both in court on Thursday.

Justyna Zubko-Valva once against asked the judge about the custody of her two surviving sons, who have both been in her care since the death of their brother.

While Child Protective Services and the judge has requested to set up mental and sexual abuse evaluations for the boys, ages 6 and 10, Zubko-Valva has concerns.

She refused the evaluations, saying she does not trust the organization that she pleaded with for years to save her children after she lost custody of her three boys during her divorce from their father, Michael Valva.

“If we go back and look what CPS did by obviously manipulating all the CPS reports, closing the CPS reports the next day without any investigation,” she explained.

The judge asked her to trust him saying it’s a “new day” in his court.

Zubko-Valva agreed to the evaluation despite concerns that the agency would retaliate against her for exposing flaws in the system.

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According to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall, she stood just feet from her former husband, but never looked at him.

Meanwhile, he complained to the judge that he is unable to get an attorney because he cannot make phone calls while in jail.

Zubko-Valva showed no sympathy saying, “He was capable of doing horrific things to the children, the fact that he came to the court and tried to play victim, I don’t buy it.”

Valva and his fiancée, 42-year-old Angela Pollina, are accused of causing 8-year-old Thomas’ death by forcing him to sleep in a freezing garage overnight. The child died of hypothermia.