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An Orlando waitress is hailed as a hero after police claim they saved an abuse victim after seeing bruises on the boy’s face and arms.
Flavaine Carvalho was working as a waitress at the Ms. Potato restaurant on New Year’s Day when she noticed that a family had entered the restaurant. While the rest of the family had something to eat, they didn’t order anything for an 11 year old.
When she Carvalho asked her if there was anything wrong with the meal, she said that her stepfather had told her that the boy would have dinner at home later.
At the time, Carvalho said she noticed bruises on the boy’s face and arms.
Chief Orlando Rolon, @OrlandoPolice, with waitress Flavaine Carvalho (middle) who saved an abused 11yo when he was dining with his family. They say the boy was “tortured.” The full details of his salvation on @fox35orlando at 5/6pm. #FOX35 #news #crime #update pic.twitter.com/g4jlzXonal
— Matt Trezza FOX 35 (@Fox35Matt) January 14, 2021
“I could see that she had a big scratch between her brows,” Carvalho said at a press conference, according to FOX 35. “A few minutes later I saw a bruise on the side of the eye. Then I felt that something was seriously wrong. ”
Carvalho was worried about having to do something. “I couldn’t see the baby go alone,” she said.
Carvalho wrote a big note that said
“Do you need help?” Standing behind her parents where they couldn’t see, she caught the boy’s attention and showed him the ticket. She nodded, so Carvalho called the police.
An emergency call was issued on Thursday afternoon about the incident. “I’m very worried and I don’t know what to do. Can you give me some advice?” Carvalho asked the switchboard. “The baby is bruised and is not eating.”
When the authorities arrived, they questioned the boy who claimed he was molested by his stepfather. He said he was handcuffed, hung on a door, beaten with a broom and handcuffed. He also claimed that he was refused food as punishment.
Police said at a news conference that doctors examined the boy and found bruises on his face and arms. He was also around 20 pounds underweight.
police arrested the boy’s stepfather, whose name was hidden to protect the boy’s anonymity, and charged him with three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect. The boy’s mother, whose name PEOPLE is also hidden, is said to have admitted to being aware of the abuse and not seeking medical help for the child. She was charged with two cases of child abandonment.
The boy and another 4-year-old were removed from the home and are now in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
During Thursday’s press conference, Erin Lawler, a detective in the Orlando Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, praised Carvalho for his speed and courage.
“What that child went through was torture,” Lawler said. “If Mrs. Carvalho hadn’t said anything when she saw him, this boy probably wouldn’t be with us anymore.