There is no present like the present.
The Florida restaurant manager, credited with saving a young boy from an abusive household, has revealed why a simple update from authorities was his most cherished birthday present of the year.
On Wednesday, which was also her birthday, Flaviane Carvalho received a special letter from investigators working on the case of the 11-year-old boy she helped rescue on New Year’s Day.
Investigators told Carvalho the child was doing well and recovering – what Carvalho called the greatest gift of all, according to WFTV,
“I’m super happy. I’m happy for him,” she told the outlet. “It warms my heart that he now has a better chance in life and that he is treated well, that he feels love and that he is taken care of.”
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Carvalho has been hailed as a hero for moving quickly to intervene during his shift at Mrs. Potato in Orlando on January 1. was apparently not authorized to order.
Seeing scratches and bruises on his face and arms, she quietly sent the boy a sign – out of sight of the parents – asking him, “Do you need help? OK “. The boy reported that he had done so, prompting him to call 911.
After his first hospitalization, doctors determined the child weighed 20 pounds and suffered serious injuries.
“In the opinion of the principal investigator, this child was destined to be killed,” a police spokesman said, by WESH.
Authorities suspect the boy was targeted by his stepfather, Timothy Wilson II, because he is not Wilson’s biological child. Wilson has been arrested on multiple counts of third-degree child abuse and remains in custody in the Orange County Jail. The boy’s mother, Kristen Swann, has also been arrested for child neglect, although she is currently on bail.
As praise poured in for Carvalho from everywhere – nearly $ 40,000 was raised on her behalf, as local patrons continue to bring “flowers, teddy bears and cash” to the restaurant – she is very grateful that the child is now safe.
âIt’s crazy,â she explained. “I didn’t expect this at all in my whole life.”
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With the thousands of dollars raised, Carvalho told WFTV she plans to reorganize her finances, go for a weekend with her family and start a philanthropic foundation “to help encourage the community to reach out in cases. where she thinks something is wrong “.