The five-year-old boy whose decomposing physique was present in a plastic bin in an East Texas motel room died from blunt power trauma to the top, the post-mortem revealed, and his dying has formally been dominated a murder.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Science in Houston, which carried out the post-mortem, confirmed the boy’s id is Samuel Olson, who would have been 6 on Could 1.
Theresa Raye Balboa, 29, who was the girlfriend of Samuel’s father Dalton, is the principle suspect in Olson’s dying and has already been charged with tampering with proof, a human corpse.
Balboa was arrested on June 1 when police discovered her at a Finest Western motel in Jasper, Texas with Olson’s physique, which was stuffed in a plastic tote. Police consider the boy had been lifeless since Could 10.
Balboa had reported Olson lacking from her residence in suburban Houston on Could 27, and officers mentioned they consider she was on her technique to Louisiana when she was discovered on the motel 135 miles away.
Samuel Olson’s dying has been dominated blunt power trauma to the top, in line with an post-mortem
Balboa pictured with Samuel’s father Dalton Olson earlier than the boy’s physique was discovered and she or he was arrested in connection to his dying
Samuel Olson was final seen by a member of the family on Could 8, when his grandmother spent the weekend
Theresa Balboa (in mug) will face extra expenses over the dying of her boyfriend’s five-year-old son
Throughout Balboa’s Monday courtroom look, prosecutors mentioned extra expenses might be added however did not say what expenses, when and what number of extra.
Balboa’s bond was additionally hiked as much as $600,000 in complete over Samuel’s dying and a separate alleged assault six months previous to the kid’s disappearance.
Andrea Beall, a prosecutor with the Harris County District Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned a homicide or a capital homicide investigation is pending within the case.
TIMELINE OF SAMUEL OLSON CASE:
April 30: Samuel Olson, 5, seen for the final time by anybody exterior his household
Could 8-9: Samuel’s paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, says she spent the weekend along with her grandson
Could 10: Theresa Balboa, girlfriend of Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, allegedly calls a roommate to inform him that Samuel had died. The 2 allegedly place the physique of their bathtub
Could 13: The roommate and Balboa allegedly wrap the physique in duct tape and place it in a plastic bin earlier than taking it to a storage unit in Webster
Could 27: Balboa experiences Samuel lacking in Houston
June 1: Police in Jasper, Texas, obtain nameless tip that leads them to Finest Western motel, the place they discover Balboa and later kid’s physique in a plastic bin
June 2: Police in Houston announce discovery of physique, Balboa’s arrest and proof tampering cost, with ID of stays nonetheless pending.
June 3: Particulars of Balboa’s assembly with a person in Walmart emerge, as its claimed he helped transport kid’s physique. Balboa can be revealed to have misplaced custody of her personal younger daughters in 2019.
June 4: Balboa is transferred from Jasper County to Harris County jail and is ordered held on $500,000 bond
Balboa did not communicate throughout Monday’s transient courtroom listening to.
The final time Olson was seen alive by his paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, was Could 8, when she says she spent the weekend with him.
His final verified sighting by somebody exterior of his household was on April 30 at his faculty.
Balboa would not report the boy lacking till Could 27.
After her arrest, Balboa’s roommate advised investigators she referred to as him Could 10 and mentioned the boy was lifeless, in line with courtroom paperwork.
Roommate Benjamin Rivera had reportedly rushed residence from work to search out the boy, bruised and unresponsive in mattress, and the 2 allegedly moved the physique into their bathtub the place it remained for 2 days.
The following day, on Could 13, Rivera advised police he bought duct tape and a plastic bin from Walmart, and he and Balboa allegedly wrapped the boy’s physique and positioned it within the bin earlier than transporting it to a close-by storage locker.
The web closed in on Balboa following a tip off from a good friend.
The 29-year-old had reportedly referred to as a good friend on Could 31, and requested him to select her up at a Walmart car parking zone in Cleveland.
They then drove practically 70 miles south to the storage facility in Webster the place she retrieved the bin.
They then allegedly drove one other 160 miles northeast to the Finest Western motel.
As soon as there, they carried the bin inside room 106, with the person so horrified by the odor coming from it that he made an nameless name to CrimeStoppers tipline to report it.
Officers responding to the scene discovered her with the plastic tote with the boy’s physique.
Balboa’s next-door neighbor Tiffany Schultz, 25, has advised police she heard loud scratches from the condo a day after the boy is believed to have died.
Schultz, 25, alongside along with her fiancé and new child son had moved into their new condo in Webster on Could 11 – the day after next-door neighbor Balboa allegedly advised her roommate that Samuel Olson, 5, had died, in line with courtroom paperwork.
‘The second day we had been right here, it was in all probability about 3 or 4 o’clock within the morning, we heard loud scratching noises, actually, actually loud,’ she advised The Solar. ‘It lasted for a superb ten or fifteen minutes.’
Her fiancé, she mentioned, began banging on the wall to make the noises cease.
‘I’ve heard loud scratching from animals earlier than and it wasn’t that, I do not consider that they had animals,’ Schultz recalled. ‘We did not hear another noises, it was unusual.’
The map above exhibits the 4 places related to the seek for lacking Samuel Olson
Olson’s physique was present in a tote in a Texas motel on June 1, however police consider he died on Could 10
Samuel’s mother and father had been concerned in a bitter custody battle over the boy after submitting for divorce in January 2020.
His mom, Sarah Olson, had main custody however she had not seen Samuel since summer season 2020, her lawyer, Marco Gonzalez, advised reporters this week.
Gonzalez accused Dalton Olson of retaining Samuel from his mom and avoiding being served courtroom paperwork that might have ordered him to return the boy to her.
After reporting Samuel lacking, Balboa initially accused Gonzalez and a person who introduced himself as a police officer of taking the boy.
Police had not been in a position to confirm Balboa’s declare.
Samuel had been dwelling with Balboa since April 30, which was the final day he was seen at college.
Authorities haven’t mentioned why Samuel was staying with Balboa. Dalton lived at a special deal with.
It emerged on Wednesday evening that Balboa beforehand misplaced custody over her two younger daughters in 2019 over claims she was a foul mother.
Court docket data obtained by Click2Houston revealed that the women – now aged six and eight – had been faraway from their mother’s care after she failed to point out as much as courtroom for a custody listening to.
Sarah Olson Samuel’s beginning mom is pictured with him left and Samuel is pictured proper. Balboa is believed to have saved his physique hidden for 2 weeks together with in a bath in her condo
Balboa beforehand misplaced custody over her two younger daughters in 2019 over claims she was a foul mother