Sickening new details emerge after restaurant worker saves boy, 11, from abuse with secret note as he ate with family | The Sun
A WAITRESS saved an 11-year-old boy who was being abused by his stepfather with a note she showed him in secret.
Timothy Lee Wilson, 36, was convicted of child abuse after Flaviane Carvalho called police when she noticed red flags while the boy's family was eating at an Orlando, Florida, restaurant on New Year's Day 2021.
Carvalho realized the boy was secluded from the rest of the family, wasn't offered food or drink, and had noticeable injuries.
That's when she secretly wrote a note that read “Do you need help?” and showed it to him out of the rest of the family's sight.
The heroic waitress called 911 after the child signaled that he did need help.
The boy was being kept away from his stepfather, mother and sibling in a hotel room used for storage, with duct tape covering the peephole.
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He was regularly deprived of food and drink for days at a time, "tortured, maliciously punished" and subjected to military-style exercises, according to the state attorney's office.
The boy was once hung upside down from a door by his neck
and feet, and at one point, handcuffed to a dolly cart on Christmas Day, per official records.
Police said they recovered multiple items used as weapons—a bent metal pole, a wooden broom, a dolly cart, handcuffs, and ratchet straps used to tie the victim up.
The boy's mother Kristen Swann allegedly admitted knowing about the abuse and failing to intervene. She was arrested and charged with child neglect, as reported by WESH.
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Carvalho has since reacted to Wilson's conviction, telling WESH "I was used like a tool from God to help him."
She added that she's still in contact with the boy.
"Now he's healthy. He's being loved. It's clear on his face and the way he's acting that he's much better now," Carvalho said. "Justice was served."
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