Over $60,000 raised for 'hero' waitress who saved boy from abusive parents with hidden note

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By stefan armitage

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In a remarkable act of quick thinking and courage, Florida server Flavaine Carvalho emerged as an unexpected hero when she intervened to save a young boy from abuse.

While on her New Year's Day shift at the Orlando-based Mrs. Potato Restaurant in 2021, Carvalho noticed something deeply unsettling at one of her tables. As per Fox News 35, as the waitress served a family-of-three their meal, she noticed that the 11-year-old boy - whose identity remains protected - was not eating.

When she inquired if the child needed anything else, the boy's stepfather, Timothy Wilson II, simply brushed her off, stating the youngster would eat later at home. But as Carvalho paid closer attention, she saw scratches and bruises on the boy's face and arms.

"Couple of minutes later, I saw a bruise on the side of his eye. So I felt there was something really wrong," she told the outlet.

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Deeply concerned for the child's safety, the quick-thinking Carvalho slipped him a note out of sight from the adults, asking: "Do you need help? OK". When the boy nodded, Carvalho promptly dialed 911, leading to the subsequent arrests of Wilson and the boy's mother, Kristen Swann.

As reported later, the boy revealed to investigators a harrowing account of physical and psychological abuse, detailing punishments that involved beatings with a wooden broom, starvation, being hung upside down, and enforced 30-minute plank holds.

A police spokesperson, viscerally shaken by the boy's ordeal, described the experience as akin to torture, telling reporters: "What this child had gone through, it was torture. Seeing what that 11-year-old had to go through; it shocks your soul.

"He said ratchet straps were tied around his ankles and neck, and he was hung upside down from a door. He said he was hit with a wooden broom, and handcuffed and tied to a large moving dolly.

"He also said he didn’t get to eat on a regular basis as punishment."

Reflecting on the incident, Carvalho recalled seeing the ominous signs of abuse, and knew she couldn't just let the boy leave without doing anything. She told Fox News 35: "I could not see the boy going away without any help."

In honor of her valiant actions, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to reward Carvalho. As of this writing, more than $60,000 has been raised, with donations continuing to pour in.

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The fundraiser's description emphasizes that while kindness doesn't necessarily need a reward, but adds: "That being said, any support will always be welcomed and greatly appreciated, especially for someone that works in one of the industries most affected by the pandemic, restaurants."

Following the incident, The Florida Department of Children and Families took both the 11-year-old and his four-year-old sibling into custody.

And ClickOrlando reports how Wilson was convicted of false imprisonment, aggravated child abuse with a weapon, aggravated child abuse and child neglect charges back in June 2022, and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Fox35 reports that the boy's mother was also charged with child neglect, aggravated child abuse, and failure to report child abuse, and sentenced to a year in prison in September of last year.

This story serves as a powerful reminder that one person's attentiveness and courage can indeed make a world of difference. The world needs more people like Flavaine!

Featured image credit: GofundMe

Over $60,000 raised for 'hero' waitress who saved boy from abusive parents with hidden note

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

In a remarkable act of quick thinking and courage, Florida server Flavaine Carvalho emerged as an unexpected hero when she intervened to save a young boy from abuse.

While on her New Year's Day shift at the Orlando-based Mrs. Potato Restaurant in 2021, Carvalho noticed something deeply unsettling at one of her tables. As per Fox News 35, as the waitress served a family-of-three their meal, she noticed that the 11-year-old boy - whose identity remains protected - was not eating.

When she inquired if the child needed anything else, the boy's stepfather, Timothy Wilson II, simply brushed her off, stating the youngster would eat later at home. But as Carvalho paid closer attention, she saw scratches and bruises on the boy's face and arms.

"Couple of minutes later, I saw a bruise on the side of his eye. So I felt there was something really wrong," she told the outlet.

More on this heroic story below:

Deeply concerned for the child's safety, the quick-thinking Carvalho slipped him a note out of sight from the adults, asking: "Do you need help? OK". When the boy nodded, Carvalho promptly dialed 911, leading to the subsequent arrests of Wilson and the boy's mother, Kristen Swann.

As reported later, the boy revealed to investigators a harrowing account of physical and psychological abuse, detailing punishments that involved beatings with a wooden broom, starvation, being hung upside down, and enforced 30-minute plank holds.

A police spokesperson, viscerally shaken by the boy's ordeal, described the experience as akin to torture, telling reporters: "What this child had gone through, it was torture. Seeing what that 11-year-old had to go through; it shocks your soul.

"He said ratchet straps were tied around his ankles and neck, and he was hung upside down from a door. He said he was hit with a wooden broom, and handcuffed and tied to a large moving dolly.

"He also said he didn’t get to eat on a regular basis as punishment."

Reflecting on the incident, Carvalho recalled seeing the ominous signs of abuse, and knew she couldn't just let the boy leave without doing anything. She told Fox News 35: "I could not see the boy going away without any help."

In honor of her valiant actions, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to reward Carvalho. As of this writing, more than $60,000 has been raised, with donations continuing to pour in.

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Credit: GoFundMe

The fundraiser's description emphasizes that while kindness doesn't necessarily need a reward, but adds: "That being said, any support will always be welcomed and greatly appreciated, especially for someone that works in one of the industries most affected by the pandemic, restaurants."

Following the incident, The Florida Department of Children and Families took both the 11-year-old and his four-year-old sibling into custody.

And ClickOrlando reports how Wilson was convicted of false imprisonment, aggravated child abuse with a weapon, aggravated child abuse and child neglect charges back in June 2022, and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.

Fox35 reports that the boy's mother was also charged with child neglect, aggravated child abuse, and failure to report child abuse, and sentenced to a year in prison in September of last year.

This story serves as a powerful reminder that one person's attentiveness and courage can indeed make a world of difference. The world needs more people like Flavaine!

Featured image credit: GofundMe