Man sentenced to life in prison for abuse after waitress asked boy if he needed help
Police said Swann admitted to knowing about the abuse and failing to seek medical care for the boy. She was charged with two counts of child neglect.
What police found after the parents' arrests
When Swann and Wilson were arrested, another 4-year-old child was removed from the home and was found to not have suffered any abuse, according to Orlando Police Detective Erin Lawler at the time of the arrests. Lawler said the 11-year-old boy is Swann's child and the 4-year-old is Swann's and Wilson's child.
After Carvalho called 911, the boy was taken to a hospital where he was found to be 20 pounds underweight for his age, according to Lawler, who added that the boy also had bruises in various stages of healing across his entire body.
Investigators later found that the boy had been "tortured" and "maliciously punished," the attorney's office release said. Prosecutors said the boy had been hung upside down from a door by his neck and feet and on one occasion handcuffed to a dolly cart.
"What this child had gone through, it was torture," Lawler said. "I'm a mother and seeing what that 11-year-old had to go through ... It shocks your soul."
"If Ms. Carvalho would not have said something when she saw it, that little boy would probably not be with us much longer," she added.
"I was used like a tool from God to, to help him," Carvalho told CNN affiliate WESH. "We need to pay attention for the ones that (are) in need, and step forward to do something to change the situation."