‘Do You Need Help’: Waitress Saves 11-Year-Old From Abusive Father Who Is Later Sentenced to Life

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36-year-old Timothy Lee Wilson has received multiple life sentences for horrific child abuse. He was found guilty of false imprisonment, aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

A waitress is responsible for saving Wilson’s 11-year-old stepson after she showed him a sign at a restaurant that read: “Do you need help?”

Waitress Flavaine Carvalho noticed the family did not order food for the boy and he had bruises on his face and arms. The boy nodded that he needed help.

“I could see he had a big scratch between his eyebrows,” Carvalho said. “A couple of minutes later, I saw a bruise on the side of his eye. So I felt there was something really wrong.”

Wilson took his family to eat at the Mrs. Potato Head restaurant in Orlando on New Years’ Day with his wife, the 11-year-old boy, and his four-year-old sister.

During the sentencing, Judge Wayne C. Wooten told Wilson, “You have utterly failed, not only in the role of parent, but simply in the role of human being.”

“For those reasons I’m going to impose the sentence that the law allows me to impose, although candidly, in many ways, I feel like it is short of what you thoroughly and richly deserve.”

The boy’s biological mother will be sentenced later in September.

“I feel relieved and with a sense of justice gratitude that he got what he deserved. I also feel happy because the best thing is that the boy now lives a healthy life, protected and receiving a lot of love, affection, care and respect,” the judge later told the media.

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Carvalho wrote the note, then stood behind Wilson so he couldn’t see her and held it up so the boy could see it.

Carvalho consulted her manager, who agreed she should call police. “I’m super concerned and I don’t know what to do, can you give me some advice? What I can do?” Carvalho told police. “The boy is with bruises and he’s not eating. The others are eating.”

Police arrived and took the boy to the hospital, where it was determined he was 20 lbs underweight with bruising all over his body; police discovered the boy had been tortured by being forced to perform 30-minute planks and beatings if he failed. The boy said ratchet straps had been strapped around his ankles and neck, he was once hung upside down from a door, and he had been beaten with a wooden broom and handcuffed while tied to a large moving dolly.

“What this child had gone through, it was torture,” a police spokesperson said in disbelief. “Seeing what that 11-year-old had to go through, it shocks your soul.” Special Victims Unit Detective Erin Lawler added, “If Ms. Carvalho would not have said something when she saw it, that little boy would probably not be with us, much longer.”

“She rescued a boy from some dangerous abuse,” Orlando police stated of Carvalho. “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.”

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