Flaviane Carvalho Orlando waitress quick witted action leads to Florida father stepfather, Timothy Lee Wilson, being convicted of child abuse.
In a case that garnered national attention courtesy of a ‘quick thinking’ Orlando waitress, a Florida father was convicted of multiple aggravated child abuse charges—after the server noticed a young boy not eating food, while his parents heartily ate, along with a secret note.
Flaviane Carvalho was working at Mrs. Potato Restaurant in Orlando on New Year’s Day last year when Timothy Lee Wilson, 36, visited the establishment with his family.
While serving the family’s table, Carvalho noticed that no food had been ordered for the young boy.
A closer inspection led to the restaurant worker noticing that the boy had several scratches and bruises on his face and arms, WESH 2 reported.
Concerned, the server secretly wrote a note reading ‘Do you need help?’ and flashed it to the then-11-year-old — while standing behind his unwitting parents. The child nodded yes and Carvalho immediately called 911.
Quick witted action probably saved boy’s life
‘I’m super concerned and I don’t know what to do, can you give me some advice?’ Carvalho asked the dispatcher, according to WFLA.
‘The boy is with bruises and he’s not eating.’
Investigators eventually learned that the child had been subjected to ongoing torture and abuse at the hands of Wilson, his stepdad — including being hung upside down from a door on Christmas Day and handcuffed to a large moving dolly.
Officials credited Carvalho for her heroics and said she may have saved the boy’s life.
‘We probably would’ve been talking about a potential homicide investigation if she [Carvalho] had not intervened when she did,’ Orlando Chief of Police Orlando Rolón said last year.
Carvalho’s quick thinking went viral at the time and an online fundraiser created by her boss raised almost $50,000.
The waitress posted an update on the fundraising page over the weekend to celebrate the conviction.
‘Justice served!’ she wrote, adding that the boy is now being cared for in a loving home. ‘He is happy and healthy.’
Prosecutors announced Monday that a jury had found Wilson guilty of a range of charges, including four counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of child neglect.
Wilson is scheduled to be sentenced in August 19 according to Click Orlando.
The boy’s mother, Kristin Swann, admitted to knowing about the abuse and failing to act. She has also been arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect, according to WESH.
The victim and his then-4-year-old sister — who was not abused — were removed from their custody.