EAST ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A “March for Change” was held on Long Island in memory of Thomas Valva on Saturday.
Hundreds of people gathered at Heckscher State Park in East Islip.READ MORE: Caught On Video: 68-Year-Old Man Tripped, Punched And Robbed In Bronx Attack
Supporters are calling for more safeguards to protect vulnerable children.
Eight-year-old Thomas Valva, who had autism, died in January after his father allegedly forced the child to sleep in an unheated garage.13 Treated Due To Fumes At YMCA In New Rochelle
Justyna Zubko-Valva, Thomas’ mother, hopes her son’s death will not be in vain.
“Thomas is definitely looking upon us from heaven, and he’s extremely happy that he started this whole movement,” she said. “I feel like the changes are going to happen very quickly and we’re going to have so many more.”Kitten Rescued From Car's Engine In Ramapo
They are being held without bail.