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‘Do you need help?’ Orlando server uses secret sign to help rescue abused boy, police say

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A woman takes the "see something, say something" mantra to heart and helps save a boy from a bad situation.

Police show note used by restaurant server to help a boy who they say was being abused (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved. )ORLANDO, Fla.

– An observant woman at an Orlando restaurant helped rescue a boy who police say was the victim of severe child abuse, including being suspended upside down from a door, by secretly holding a sign that only the child could read. Orlando police said Flavaine Carvalho was working as a server New Year’s Day at Mrs. Potato restaurant on South Kirkman Road when a man and the 11-year-old boy sat down at a table.

OK” and held it up to the boy while standing behind the man so he couldn’t see it, police said. After three attempts, the boy signaled yes, and Carvalho called police, according to authorities. In an interview with Orlando police detectives, the boy recounted incidents of mistreatment, saying he had ratchet straps tied around his ankles and neck and was hung upside down from a door, officials said.

According to police, the boy also said he had been struck with a wooden broom and handcuffed and tied to a large moving dolly. The boy also said he didn’t get to eat on a regular basis as a form of punishment, according to police. The man was arrested on one count of third-degree child abuse.

Days later, the man was arrested again on multiple counts of aggravated child abuse and child neglect. Police said the boy’s mother admitted to knowing about the abuse.

She was arrested Jan. 6 on two counts of child neglect. The Orlando Police Department said it regularly encourages people who see something to say something. “When one woman took that advice to heart, she rescued a boy from some dangerous abuse,” OPD said in a news release.

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