8-Year-Old Long Island Boy Dies After Apparent Fall In Driveway

Thomas Valva
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Police on Long Island are investigating the death of an 8-year-old boy, who died after apparently falling in his driveway.

Authorities say it was reported to them that Thomas Valva fell in the driveway of his father's home in Center Moriches on Friday morning. The child was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

Autopsy results are pending.

Thomas's parents are going through a bitter divorce and his mother, Justyna Valva, tells WCBS 880's Sophia Hall that she lost custody and has not seen her son or his two brothers for two years.

"Unfortunately, I saw him now just looking at his body in a medical examiner's office," she said. "And I do pray that one day we're just going to meet again in heaven. I know he's in heaven. I know he's my angel and I'm going to miss him so much."

The boy’s father released a statement through his attorney saying, “As with any tragedy, our office and Mr. Valva are shocked and saddened to learn of the horrible accident that took the life of young Thomas. We mourn his death with family and friends. Since Thomas’ parents are in the midst of a divorce, we are unable to make any further comments at this time.”

Editor's Note: The original version of this article included a link to an online fundaiser that had been purportedly created by the boy's father, who has since been arrested and charged with murder in the case.