Disgraced NYPD cop Michael Valva, who’s charged with murdering his 8-year-old son, whined in family court Thursday that he’s broke and can’t afford an attorney.
Valva, 40, made the declaration during a hearing at Suffolk County Family Court, where he and his fiancée, Angela Pollina, 42, are charged with severely abusing their six shared children.
“I don’t have an attorney,” Valva told Judge Frank Tatone. “I can’t afford one.”
“All I know is I don’t have any access to funds or anything,” the accused murderer murmured.
Valva even claimed that he didn’t have any coins to make a call from Suffolk County Correctional Facility, where’s he locked up without bail on a felony murder charge for the hypothermia-induced death of his 8-year-old autistic son, Thomas.
Besides apparently being hard up for cash, Valva also seemed clueless as to his current employment status.
Since his Jan. 24 arrest, Valva has been suspended from the NYPD without pay.
But on Thursday, when Judge Tatone asked him if the police union would get him a lawyer, he said in a quivering voice: “I think I was terminated from my job.”
Police unions only represent cops in job-related cases.
The judge told Valva that if he qualifies, the court would provide him with counsel.
Valva’s ex-wife Justyna Zubko-Valva, who now has custody of her two surviving sons, Anthony, 10, and Andrew, 6, was present at Thursday’s hearing.
Zubko-Valva didn’t believe Valva has no dough.
“The fact that he came to the court and tried to play victim, I don’t buy it,” she said outside of court.
At Thursday’s hearing, Zubko-Valva agreed have Child Protective Services evaluate her two sons, despite her initial reservations.
“I don’t feel comfortable with Suffolk County CPS being involved,” she told the judge before agreeing.
“I can certainly understand why you feel the way you do … I’m hoping to establish trust,” Judge Tatone told Zubko-Valva. “I need you to trust me. I need to have the children examined.”
The same agency investigated a complaint in 2019 about a child being forced to sleep inside the garage of Valva’s Center Moriches home — where Thomas was exiled before he died — but determined it to be “unfounded.”
After court, Zubko-Valva continued to voice opposition to CPS’s involvement, claiming they covered up years of abuse suffered by her children at the hands of their father.
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