Stepfather of child rescued by waitress sentenced to life for abuse
Orlando, Florida: A waitress working on New Years Day 2021 at Ms. Potato restaurant made national headlines after taking action following noticing bruising on a child that entered the restaurant despite wearing a hoodie and mask that covered most of his face.
Standing behind the parents, Flavaine Carvalho initially flashed a sign to the boy asking, "Are you okay?" He responded with a nod.
She returned a few moments later with a sign that asked "Do you need help?" Again the boy nodded. After calling the restaurant owner to discuss what happened, the police were called.
"She rescued a boy from some dangerous abuse," Orlando police stated following the arrests of his step-father Timothy Wilson II and his mother Kristen Swann. "By saying something when she saw something, Ms. Carvalho displayed courage and care for a child she had never even met before, and we're proud someone like Ms. Carvalho lives and works in our community."
On Friday, August 19, Wilson was sentenced to "a mix of life sentenced and 30-year-sentenced running concurrently" by Circuit Court Judge Wayne Wooten who awarded the maximum sentence possible for each of the charges he was convicted on in June.
Those charges included false imprisonment, aggravated child abuse with a weapon, aggravated child abuse and child neglect.
That same day Swann was adjudicated guilty to three charges including child neglect, aggravated child abuse and failure to report child abuse after she plead no contest.
Her sentencing was initially scheduled for Friday, but was delayed until September 16 to allow her time to wrap up her affairs according to WKMG.
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