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Ex-wife of man arrested for abusing stepson says he 'whooped' her kids

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-wife of Florida man who was arrested for ‘abusing’ stepson, 11, after restaurant manager alerted cops says she ended their volatile marriage because he wouldn’t stop ‘whooping’ her toddlers

  • Timothy Wilson II, 34, was arrested in Orlando on January 1, charged with multiple counts of child abuse towards his 11-year-old stepson 
  • Police were alerted when a restaurant manager noticed bruises and marks on the boy, prompting her to pass him a note asking if he needed help
  • Wilson’s ex-wife Amanda Powell has told DailyMailTV how she ended their volatile marriage because he wouldn’t stop ‘whooping’ her two young sons from another relationship
  • She said: ‘He seemed really nice at first and I couldn’t tell that he was mistreating them until it just got really controlling and he started whooping them’
  • Powell, 37, added: ‘I told him I didn’t agree with it because he wasn’t their father and I kept telling him and telling him they were too little
  • Speaking of his arrest, she said: ‘I can believe it, it’s probably because it wasn’t his child’
  • The 11-year-old’s biological father Heath Lewis also spoke to DailyMail.com, saying the restaurant manager who saved his son ‘is a walking angel’
  • ‘If it wasn’t for her, there’s no telling what could have happened,’ he said 

The ex-wife of a Florida man who was arrested for abusing his stepson claims she ended their marriage after he wouldn’t stop ‘whooping’ her two toddlers, as the boy’s biological father claimed the restaurant manager who saved his son ‘is a walking angel.’

Timothy Wilson II, 34, was arrested in Orlando on January 1, charged with multiple counts of child abuse after his stepson told police how the 360 pound bully handcuffed him to furniture, hung him upside down and battered him with fists, a broom and a back scratcher.

Authorities were alerted to the possible abuse when a restaurant manager noticed bruises and marks on the 11-year-old, prompting her to pass him a note asking if he needed help, which he affirmed.

Now, Wilson’s ex-wife Amanda Powell has told DailyMailTV how she ended their volatile marriage because he wouldn’t stop ‘whooping’ her two young sons, both from a previous relationship.

She said: ‘He seemed really nice at first and I couldn’t tell that he was mistreating them until it just got really controlling and he started whooping them.’

The ex-wife of Timothy Wilson II, who was arrested for abusing his stepson, claims she ended their marriage after he wouldn’t stop ‘whooping’ her two toddlers. Pictured: Wilson with Kristen Swann, her son and the couple’s daughter 

Wilson, 34, was arrested in Orlando on January 1, charged with multiple counts of child abuse after his stepson told police how the 360 pound bully handcuffed him to furniture, hung him upside down and battered him with fists, a broom and a back scratcher

Now, Wilson’s ex-wife Amanda Powell has told DailyMailTV how she ended their volatile marriage because he wouldn’t stop ‘whooping’ her two young sons, both from a previous relationship. Pictured: Powell and Wilson with her two young sons 

Powell, 37, added: ‘I told him I didn’t agree with it because he wasn’t their father and I kept telling him and telling him they were too little.

‘They were two and four, they needed a time out or something like that, not a whooping.’

Powell wed Wilson in 2006 and moved to Washington while he was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

But within a year Amanda said she fled and filed for divorce to protect her sons, Bradley and Aaron.

Amanda said Wilson wouldn’t let her use the car or mingle with other military wives. She says he also began to hit the children with a belt.

‘He threatened me daily. There was a time he hit me and tried to choke me,’ she added.

The marriage ended in a blow-out fight, which saw Amanda being carted off to jail while Wilson was left with the boys.

‘I told him if he did it again he was going to regret it and he went to whoop them again,’ she said. ‘So when he came back I broke his nose with the glass top of a jewelry box.

‘I had scratches and scrapes where we had been tussling. When the military police showed up they defended him and I went straight to jail.’

When Wilson dropped the charges Amanda, a furniture plant worker, says she left jail, picked up the kids and immediately returned to her family in Athens, Alabama.

Her blood ran cold last week when she heard on the news that her ex-husband had been arrested for allegedly abusing his 11-year-old stepson.

‘I can believe it, it’s probably because it wasn’t his child,’ she added. ‘When you marry someone, you take their kids in, you don’t treat them like they’re different.’

Powell, 37, added: ‘I told him I didn’t agree with it because he wasn’t their father and I kept telling him and telling him they were too little. They were two and four, they needed a time out or something like that, not a whooping.’ Pictured: Wilson with Powell’s two sons 

Powell wed Wilson (pictured) in 2006 and moved to Washington while he was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. But within a year Amanda said she fled and filed for divorce to protect her sons, Bradley and Aaron

The 11-year-old’s biological father Heath Lewis also chimed in on the shocking abuse claims, praising restaurant manager Flaviane Carvalho for her heroic actions.

He had split with his son’s mother Kristen Swann, shortly before his birth in October 2009, claiming in divorce papers seen by DailyMailTV that she ‘committed adultery’.

Swann married – then divorced – a second man before hooking up with Timothy Wilson II around six years ago.

Their daughter was born four years ago. DailyMailTV is choosing not to name either child.

Lewis, 32, said he hadn’t talked to his son for six years because of the strained relationship with his ex-wife.

He says he’s since been in contact with the Florida Department of Children and Families, however, to apply for custody of the youngster.

‘I rang the lady at the restaurant to thank her from the bottom of my heart. What she did was amazing. She is just awesome,’ Lewis told DailyMailTV.

Swann, 31, was charged with neglect for failing to seek help for her son, who was emaciated and 20 pounds underweight. Both the boy and his four-year-old sister, Wilson’s biological daughter, have been taken into care 

The 11-year-old’s biological father Heath Lewis also chimed in on the shocking abuse claims, praising restaurant manager Flaviane Carvalho (pictured) for her heroic actions

He added: ‘If it wasn’t for her, there’s no telling what could have happened.

‘I don’t know anything about the guy my ex-wife was with. I will say this though: I am horrified and I just want to try to get my boy back. I just want to make sure he’s OK.’

Swann, 31, was charged with neglect for failing to seek help for her son, who was emaciated and 20 pounds underweight. Both the boy and his four-year-old sister, Wilson’s biological daughter, have been taken into care.

While Flaviane has played down her heroics, Rafaela Cabede, the owner of Mrs Potato Restaurant, begs to differ.

‘She called me, I could see what was going on via the security cameras. I was really worried for her in case this man was violent,’ Rafaela told DailyMailTV.

‘But she kept calm and acted like nothing was wrong while she waited for the police.

‘Any abuse case is revolting enough, but when we heard how bad it was, we knew she had saved the boy’s life. She is an angel sent by God.’

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