Samuel Olson case: Bond set at $500K for Theresa Balboa, woman charged after child’s body found in motel room

The woman is charged with tampering with evidence and a human corpse

HOUSTON – Bond is now set at $500,000 for Theresa Balboa, the woman charged after a child’s body was found in a motel in Jasper, Texas, during the search for missing Houston boy, Samuel Olson.

Balboa, the girlfriend of Samuel’s father, was charged with tampering with evidence - human corpse, according to documents. On Friday, she was transferred from Jasper County Jail to Harris County Jail where she will be held during the investigation.

Documents show her bond conditions, if not altered by the court, would include no contact with any minor child and a maintained distanced from them of 1,000 feet, surrendering travel documents and any weapons, refraining from consuming any alcohol or controlled substances, and house arrest, among other named conditions.

Balboa may face additional charges, as appropriate, police said during a news conference in which updates were shared in the case.

Theresa Balboa held on $500,000 bond

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Balboa was out on bond from an assault case in November, police disclosed Wednesday. She was charged with assault with intent impeding breath, and Samuel’s father, Dalton Olson, was the complainant in the case.

An anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers led police to the motel, police said Wednesday.

Houston police said Wednesday that their interviews with Balboa are ongoing and that Samuel’s father is someone they are talking to, among several other people.

Police said they have no motive yet in this case.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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