In Orlando on January 1, 2021, Mrs. Potato restaurant employee Flaviane Carvalho noticed that a young boy was sitting secluded from his parents and a a young girl. Carvalho said the boy was wearing a mask and hoodie as he sat at the table along with two adults and a young girl. She also noticed that he had a scratch in between in his eyebrows and wasn’t eating, even though food had been brought to the table. She asked the table if their food and drinks were all right, and when the one of the adults replied that the boy would eat his dinner at home, Carvalho said she began to think something was seriously wrong.
She did not decide to “minding her own business,” but instead decided that as a proactive and ethical member of society, this was her business. Carvalho stood behind the boy’s parents and held up a note asking the boy if he was OK. When the 11-year-old shook his head, she wrote a second note asking, “Do you need help?” This time, the boy nodded yes. Carvalho called her boss and then called 911.
… had been tortured, maliciously punished, and deprived of food and water for days at a time. A search warrant revealed that the victim was kept in a separate hotel room used for storage, away from Mr. Wilson, the victim’s mother, and the younger sibling. Duct tape covered the peep hole to the victim’s room, he routinely was deprived of food and beverages, was made to do military-style exercises, hung upside down from a door by his neck and feet, and at one point, handcuffed to a dolly cart on Christmas Day. Officers 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.
I hope Wilson isn’t expecting a Father’s Day card. His slug of a wife is pleading not guilty, and will stand trial for multiple felony abuse charges, including neglect of a child, aggravated abuse and failure to report child abuse,
Orlando Police Detective Erin Lawler told reporters, “If Ms. Carvalho would not have said something when she saw it, that little boy would probably not be with us much longer.” Carvalho’s told CNN affiliate WESH, “We need to pay attention for the ones that (are) in need, and step forward to do something to change the situation.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself!