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County panel will probe death of Center Moriches boy, Thomas Valva, 8, from alleged abuse

Thomas Valva died Jan. 17 in his father's custody after he was allegedly forced to sleep in the unheated garage of his Center Moriches home when the temperature fell to 19 degrees outside. On Monday, Suffolk County officials announced an investigation into how the county's Department of Social Services handled the case. (Credit: Newsday / Cecilia Dowd; James Carbone, Stringer News; Photo Credit: Suffolk County Sheriff, Justyna Zubko-Valva)