A restaurant manager in Orlando, Florida had a whirlwind day at work on New Year’s Day 2022. Flaviane Carvalho, the manager of Potato Head-themed Madame Patate Restaurant – which is a 20-minute drive from Walt Disney World Resort – noticed signs of physical abuse on a young guest, who turned out to be the 11-year-old stepson of 36-year-old Timothy Lee Wilson.
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Carvalho wasted no time in coming to the victim’s aid. As people magazine Noted:
…[the manager] noticed that the boy was bruised, scratched and malnourished, and also that he was sitting “isolated” from his parents and brother. She also noticed that he was the only member of the family without food or drink.
“When Ms. Carvalho noticed injuries on the victim, she signaled that he needed help by holding a sign out of Mr. Wilson’s sight, and he acknowledged that he had done so,” says the press release.
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People have shared disturbing details from a search warrant police obtained to search the Wilson family home:
…[it] revealed that “the victim was being held in a separate hotel room used for storage, away from Mr. Wilson, the victim’s mother and younger brother,” according to the statement.
Duct tape covered the peephole in the boy’s bedroom, the statement said.
“He was regularly deprived of food and drink, forced to do military-style drills, hung upside down from a door by the neck and feet, and at one point handcuffed to a trolley during the day. Christmas,” the statement read. “Officers recovered several items used as weapons – a bent metal pole, a wooden broom, a wheeled cart, handcuffs and ratchet straps used to tie up the victim.”
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The jury in Wilson’s trial returned after just two hours of deliberation, finding him guilty on all 10 counts. Orlando WESH 2 News reported he will be sentenced in Orange County, Florida on August 19, 2022.
The outlet also shared that the victim’s mother, Kristen Swann, 32, is facing two counts of child abuse after admitting she knew about the situation and did nothing. done to help his son.
Carvalho, who told WESH she was “used as a tool of God”, was hailed as a hero. The National Heroes Day Twitter posted:
Flaviane Carvalho, a restaurant manager/waitress in Orlando, Florida, saved an 11-year-old boy with two simple notes. Read the handful of words she wrote that saved her life: http://bit.ly/2u7ziMk #WhosYourHero #NationalHeroesDay (Photo: Sam Thomas/Orlando Sentinel)
Flaviane Carvalho, a restaurant manager/waitress in Orlando, Florida, saved an 11-year-old boy with two simple notes. Read the handful of words she wrote that saved her life: https://t.co/SWfcQZSeL2 #WhosYourHero #NationalHeroesDay (Photo: Sam Thomas/Orlando Sentinel) pic.twitter.com/R3x63iXhGi
— National Heroes Day (@NatlHeroesDay) January 15, 2021
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The restaurant Mrs. Potato – and his extensive collection of Hasbro Potato Head toys – have previously been featured on Guy Fieri Dinners, drive-ins and divesand was voted one of Orlando’s 12 Best Restaurants.
Learn more about Potato Head and Disney
Mr. Potato Head and Mrs. Potato Head are popular Disney characters. toy story franchise. Mr. Potato Head is describe as:
Mr. Potato Head (often referred to simply as Potato Head or Potato) is a supporting character in the Disney•Pixar Toy Story franchise. It’s a Brooklyn-accented toy based on the Hasbro and Playskool doll of the same name.
In the original Toy Story pitch, he had much of the same personality as the final film, his cynicism also highlighted by his remark, regarding Buzz potentially falling in the street (after Woody pushes Buzz out of the window , deliberately in this version) that “[Buzz] don’t go for pizza [Planet] now!” He’s also been very defensive of his fellow toys, as evidenced by his telling Woody, after the latter viciously insulted Slinky Dog and threatened to throw him off the bed for not wanting to obeying him by throwing them off the bed, he might as well throw him back, with Hamm and Rex joining them.
His wife, Mrs. Potato Head is describe as:
Mrs. Potato Head is a supporting character in the Disney•Pixar Toy Story franchise, first appearing in Toy Story 2, and a major character in the third film. She is the wife of Mr. Potato Head, the adoptive mother of the three little green men, and is based on the Hasbro and Playskool doll of the same name.
In the third film, his role was expanded, becoming a central character. With her eye missing while she was away at Sunnyside daycare, Mrs. Potato Head is able to see Andy and realize that he didn’t want them to be “thrown away”. As such, this realization motivates the toys to return to Andy and leads to them becoming Bonnie Anderson’s new toys.
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