Ex-NYPD cop Michael Valva and his former fiancée are blaming each other in the death of his 8-year-old son — and they want separate trials to prove it, their lawyers said Wednesday.
Valva’s lawyer John LoTurco called his client’s ex, Angela Pollina, a “wicked stepmother” in claiming she “is primarily responsible” for 8-year-old Thomas Valva’s death last year at their Long Island home.
“She was in charge of the children. She was the disciplinarian in the relationship,” LoTurco told reporters outside Suffolk County Supreme Court, where pre-trial hearings in the case have been held for more than a week. “She had control over the surveillance video.”
LoTurco insinuated that Pollina was manipulative.
“Michael Valva really was meek,” he said. “He was passive in the responsibility of the children — that she controlled the children. She actually controlled Michael Valva himself.”
The former lovers each face second-degree murder raps for allegedly forcing Thomas, who had autism, to sleep in an unheated garage when the temperature outside was a frigid 19 degrees last year.