A Long Island boy has died after falling in a driveway, and police are investigating his death as a possible homicide.
According to CBS New York, Suffolk County police were called to a home in Center Moriches, New York, on Friday after an 8-year-old boy fell in a driveway at his home.
The boy, Thomas Valva, was taken to Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities have not released details about the circumstances of his death or the fall.
Justyna Valva, the boy’s mother, reportedly told the news station that she had been worried for her children, who were in their father’s custody as the couple is going through a divorce. It is not know how many other children were at the home at the time, or if the father was present.
“Thomas was this little 8-year-old boy, my baby, who always was joyful, always stands for the truth, play his cars, read books, loved songs,” Valva told the news station.
The boy’s father released a statement about Thomas’s death through an attorney.
“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 Valva. We mourn his death with family and friends. Since Thomas’ parents are in a divorce we are unable to make any further comments at this time,” the statement read, according to CBS New York.
Thomas’s father appears to have set up a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to help with funeral expenses.
Authorities are expected to release more information after an autopsy is completed.
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[Feature image: Thomas Valva/GoFundMe]