Family 'shocked and saddened' by death of 8-year-old boy in Center Moriches

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Suffolk police say homicide detectives are investigating the death of a young boy.

They were called to a home on Bittersweet Lane in Center Moriches around 9:40 a.m. Friday for a report of a child who fell in a driveway.

Police say the 8-year-old boy was taken to Long Island Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The family has identified the boy as Thomas Valva.

The boy's father released a statement through an attorney, which says, "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 Suffolk County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy.

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