Theresa Balboa, 29, is pictured in her new mugshot after arrived at Harris County jail on Friday to face charges in the death of Samuel Olson
The Texas woman who has been arrested in connection with the death of her boyfriend’s five-year-old son was fleeing to Louisiana when she was arrested in a motel room with the child’s decomposing body stuffed in a bin, court documents reveal.
Theresa Balboa, 29, was transferred on Friday from Jasper County to Houston to face a charge of tampering with evidence – human corpse stemming from the death of Samuel Olson.
Balboa did not appear in court for a probable cause hearing because she was in the Mental Health Unit at the jail, but a judge set her bail at $500,000 after deeming her a flight risk because she was previously out on bond stemming from a domestic violence case, reported KHOU11.
In asking for the high bond amount, prosecutors wrote in a motion for bail that Balboa also was a flight risk because she was on her way to Louisiana with Samuel’s body when she was apprehended on Tuesday in Jasper, Texas.
If Balboa is released on bond, she will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, remain under house arrest and have no contact with any children.
These new developments come less than 24 hours after disturbing details emerged concerning the circumstances of Samuel’s death, suggesting that Balboa had been hiding the child’s body for two weeks, including in a bathtub, before reporting him missing.
A body believed to belong to Samuel, who would have turned six on Saturday, was found in Balboa’s motel room on Tuesday.
Balboa was arrested after a tip-off to cops when she was allegedly seen carrying a foul-smelling plastic bin containing the child’s corpse into the room.
Balboa at this time is suspected of hiding Samuel’s corpse for two weeks before reporting the child missing
Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson is pictured with girlfriend Balboa during the search foir his son and before she was arrested in a motel room where the boy’s body was found
Samuel’s father Dalton Olson told KPRC2, ‘I don’t know what’s going on. I can barely breathe.
‘Why? He loved you so much. I do not understand what happened. Why did you, why did you do this?’
Samuel’s parents had been involved in a bitter custody battle after filing for divorce in January 2020.
His mother, Sarah Olson, had primary custody but she had not seen Samuel since summer 2020, her lawyer, Marco Gonzalez, told reporters this week. Gonzalez accused Dalton Olson of keeping Samuel from his mother and avoiding being served court paperwork that would have ordered him to return the boy to her.
Gonzalez said Samuel’s mother also blames Dalton for their son’s death and believes he should be charged. Houston police say Olson is not a person of interest but that more charges could be filed.
‘Her utmost priority is that justice is done for her baby Samuel,’ Gonzalez said. ‘She’s completely heartbroken.’
Samuel Veenstra, an attorney for Dalton Olson, said his client denies any wrongdoing.
‘He had nothing to do with the death of his son,’ said Veenstra. ‘[The] family is in mourning, shocked and in disbelief.’
Veenstra said he didn’t think Samuel had been living with Balboa. But when asked if the boy had been living with his father at the time he was reported missing, Veenstra said, ‘I don’t know how to answer your questions on this one OK.’
‘There’s nothing in place on the family case that says who Sam could or could not go around,’ Veenstra said.
Balboa has been charged with evidence tampering after she was discovered with body and more serious charges are expected.
TIMELINE OF SAMUEL OLSON CASE:
April 30: Samuel Olson, 5, seen for the last time by anyone outside his family
May 8-9: Samuel’s paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, says she spent the weekend with her grandson
May 10: Theresa Balboa, girlfriend of Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, allegedly calls a roommate to tell him that Samuel had died. The two allegedly place the body in their bathtub
May 13: The roommate and Balboa allegedly wrap the body in duct tape and place it in a plastic bin before taking it to a storage unit in Webster
May 27: Balboa reports Samuel missing in Houston
June 1: Police in Jasper, Texas, receive anonymous tip that leads them to Best Western motel, where they find Balboa and later child’s body in a plastic bin
June 2: Police in Houston announce discovery of body, Balboa’s arrest and evidence tampering charge, with ID of remains still pending.
June 3: Details of Balboa’s meeting with a man in Walmart emerge, as its claimed he helped transport child’s body. Balboa is also revealed to have lost custody of her own young daughters in 2019.
June 4: Balboa is transferred from Jasper County to Harris County jail and is ordered held on $500,000 bond
Samuel was last seen alive by his paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, who says she spent the weekend with him on May 8, and was reported missing by Balboa on May 27.
According to court documents submitted Thursday, Balboa allegedly told her roommate on May 10 that Samuel was dead, two weeks before she reported him missing, ABC13 reports.
The roommate reportedly told police says that upon returning to their apartment from work, he found the boy on the bed, bruised and unresponsive.
Balboa and the roommate then allegedly moved the body to their bathtub, where they left it for two days.
On May 13, the roommate, who has not been named, says he purchased duct tape and a plastic bin from Walmart. He then wrapped up the boy and placed him in the bin before he and Balboa moved him to a storage facility in Webster, Texas, according to the court documents.
Balboa was arrested on Tuesday after she was discovered with the plastic bin, which had become foul-smelling, in a hotel room, and is likely to face more serious charges after the body has been identified and a cause of death determined.
Police were led to Balboa after she reportedly called a friend on Monday, and asked him to pick her up at a Walmart parking lot in Cleveland, and the two drove nearly 70 miles south to retrieve the bin at the storage facility.
They then reportedly drove another 160 miles northeast to a Best Western in Jasper.
Once there, they carried the bin inside room 106, with the man so horrified by the smell coming from it that he made an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers tipline to report it.
It is unclear when that call was made, but cops raided the motel the next day, and found the bin in the room with Balboa nearby in the bathroom.
Upon removing the lid, which was secured with zip ties, police were said to have found a small body stuffed inside a black plastic bag and wrapped in duct tape.
Cops arrested Balboa shortly after.
Meanwhile, it emerged on Wednesday night that Balboa previously lost custody over her two young daughters in 2019 over claims she was a bad mom.
Court records obtained by Click2Houston revealed that the girls – now aged six and eight – were removed from their mom’s care after she failed to show up to court for a custody hearing.
The father of Balboa’s children was also a no-show, and the children were given to a family member, who was appointed their guardian.
The map above shows the four locations associated with the search for missing Samuel Olson
Police recovered the remains believed to be that of Samuel wrapped with duct tape and stuffed inside a black plastic bin in room 106 at this Best Western motel in Jasper, Texas
Sarah Olson, Samuel’s birth mother (pictured together, left), said through a lawyer that she had primary custody of the boy but had not seen him since the summer of 2020
The woman told the station that Balboa was not taking good care of her daughters.
‘She wasn’t born to be a mom,’ the guardian said.
Shortly before the discovery of the child’s body and Balboa’s arrest, Tim Miller, the founder of the volunteer search group Texas Equusearch, was said to have confronted the woman about apparent inconsistencies in her story concerning Samuel’s disappearance.
‘I told her, I said, ‘I’m so damn disappointed in you,” Miller told KHOU11. ‘I said, ‘You know, every word you’re saying is a lie.’ And that’s when things started unravelling, I think.’
Balboa, who at the time was out on bond stemming from a domestic violence incident, was the one who reported the child missing on May 27.
The boy’s last verified sighting by someone outside of his family was on April 30 at his school.
When cops were first investigating Samuel’s disappearance, Balboa had claimed that Samuel’s mother, Sarah Olson, and a person dressed as a police officer showed up and took the boy from the home.
Sarah Olson said through her attorney that she did not know the whereabouts of her son, and that despite having primary custody of him, she had been denied access to him by his father since January 2020 and had not seen him since last summer.
Balboa is currently jailed in Jasper County, but she will be returned to Houston to face the evidence tampering charge.
Balboa was charged with assault of a family member – impeding breathing in November 2020 after she allegedly choked Dalton Olson. Olson was said to have been issued an emergency protective order against Balboa. The woman is pictured in previous mugshots
Balboa (pictured in her Jasper County jail mugshot) is the girlfriend of Samuel’s father, and has been arrested and charged with evidence tampering
Houston Assistant Police Chief Heather Morris said during a press conference on Wednesday that more charges are possible once an autopsy is complete.
Samuel’s family have spoken out after the discovery of the body presumed to be his, revealing their devastation.
‘[I am] shocked and so many other things that words cannot explain at the moment,’ Tonya Olson, the boy’s paternal grandmother, told CNN. ‘We are grieving as a family. None of us can wrap our heads around this. My son or anyone in our family had absolutely nothing to do with this.’
Miller, the founder of Texas Equusearch, said that he was with Samuel’s paternal relatives after the discovery of the body and witnessed their heartache firsthand.
‘It was just devastating over there last night and seeing dad go through all the pain and grief and everything he was going through,’ Miller said, referring to Dalton Olson, the boy’s father.
Assistant Police Chief Morris said Dalton Olson is not considered a person of interest in his death at this time, but investigators continue to speak with him. No motive has been disclosed so far.
Samuel’s biological mother, Sarah Olson, released a statement through her attorney, demanding justice for her son.
‘I do not want people to forget Samuel’s name,’ she stated. ‘Please Let the outside world know that I’m a heartbroken, but I believe that body is my baby.’
Balboa reported Samuel missing claiming the boy was taken by his biological mother and a person dressed as a police officer.
Samuel was last seen alive by his paternal grandmother, Tonya Olson, who says she spent the weekend with him on May 8, and was reported missing by Balboa on May 27
Dalton Olson is pictured embracing his mother, Tonya,, with his girlfriend standing on the side. Tonya Olson said the family are devastated
Cops were unable to verify Balboa’s version of events.
The last confirmed sighting of Samuel was at Holbrook Elementary School.
Samuel’s paternal grandmother claimed he was with her the following weekend, May 8-9, and that she then heard his voice on the phone days before he was reported missing.
On Monday, police executed a search warrant at an apartment where Balboa has been living with a friend and impounded her Dodge sedan.
Court records uncovered by Click2Houston indicate that Balboa was charged with assault of a family member – impeding breathing in November 2020 after she allegedly choked Dalton Olson.
Olson was said to have been issued an emergency protective order against Balboa, barring her from having direct contact with the victim or any member of his family.
When asked about the order prior to the discovery of the body in the motel, Olson said that he and Balboa have reconciled, and that the choking incident had nothing to do with his son, who was not present during that altercation.
Olson further defended Balboa, saying that she had been helping him care for his son while he was at work.