ORLANDO, Florida. – The mother of an abused 11-year-old boy who was rescued by an Orlando restaurant worker was sentenced Friday to nearly a year behind bars in Orange County.
Kristen Swann has been arrested and charged with child neglect, aggravated child abuse and failing to report child abuse. On Friday, she accepted a plea in the case.
A judge sentenced Swann to 364 days in jail with credit for 16 days served and will serve 14 years of probation upon his release. He is forbidden to have contact with his son or any other minor under the age of 18.
Last month the boy’s stepfather, Timothy Wilson, was sentenced to life in prison on the 10 counts of false imprisonment, child abuse and child neglect. Judge Wayne C. Wooten called the abuse Wilson inflicted on the boy “grade A horrific.”
“I can’t recall a case of abuse as protracted, malicious, extensive and continuous as what was presented in this case,” Wooten said.
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The now viral rescue happened at Mrs Potato restaurant on New Years Day in 2021 when Flaviane Carvalho, a waitress at the restaurant, observed that the boy’s parents had not ordered anything to eat or drink for him and isolated him from the rest of the family. She also noticed bruises on the boy’s face and arms.
Carvalho then wrote “Do you need help?” on a piece of paper and showed it to the boy, keeping it out of his parents’ sight. After a few attempts, the waiter indicated he needed help and the waitress contacted the police.