WPIX reports Pollina allegedly texted Michael Valva about video footage showing Thomas shivering on the garage floor, and Michael allegedly responded, “F--- that piece of s---, Thomas. He is not going anywhere."
On Monday, May 17, 2021, the family's housekeeper Tyrene Rodriguez testified at Valva's pre-trial hearing. WPIX reports Rodriguez revealed she kept her cleaning supplies in the room where the dog slept.
The Suffolk County prosecutor asked Rodriguez, "And that's a heated room, correct?"
Pollina reportedly told Rodriguez that Thomas would "be OK” after she said she was concerned.
She said she saw the garage door open, then Michael Valva and Pollina "escorted" Thomas to the basement. A few minutes later, Rodriguez said, Pollina came back upstairs and said Thomas wasn't breathing.
Rodriguez said she went to the basement, where she found Thomas "completely naked."
Rodriguez testified she "knelt by Thomas' head to hold him steady while Mike was compressing his chest" during CPR. Paramedics arrived, and Rodriguez said they "pulled out those paddles and then they realized there was nothing happening."
Last week, Valva's lawyers pinned Thomas' death on Pollina, but WPIX reports her lawyers are doing the same to Valva.
His attorney John LoTurco said, "We are making a similar motion indicating that Angela Pollina was primarily responsible for the death of Thomas Valva, that she was in control of the discipline in that family."
According to WPIX, Thomas and his brother were both on the autism spectrum. Thomas had another brother and lived with Pollina's daughters.
Teachers at East Moriches School District reportedly called the New York State Child Abuse Hotline over 20 times after reportedly seeing the boys come to class with bruises, wearing pull-up diapers, and craving food. Thomas and his brother reportedly looked through trash to find extra food.
WLNY-TV reports the trial will begin in September. A judge will rule on whether Valva and Pollina will get separate or one trial.