June 19, 2021

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Samuel Olson, 5, died of blunt head trauma, autopsy rules

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – An autopsy officially identified the child found dead in a hotel room in Jasper, Texas, as 5-year-old Samuel Olson. The child died of homicidal violence, officials determined. The cause of death was blunt head trauma.

Theresa Balboa first appeared in court in Harris County on Monday.

A judge raised her bail to $ 100,000 for the assault case. His existing lien on the charge of tampering with evidence, specifically a human corpse, in connection with Samuel’s death remains at $ 500,000, bringing his total lien to $ 600,000.

Prosecutors called for a higher bond saying Balboa was an escape risk.

Prior to the investigation into Samuel’s death, Balboa was on bail for intentional assault, barring his breath for a November 2020 case in which the complainant was Samuel’s father, Dalton.

Balboa was dating Dalton when his disappeared. On Friday she was flown back to Houston by the Jasper County Jail.

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Samuel’s body was found on Tuesday inside a Jasper Motel room. According to court documents, Balboa was also inside that room when the police entered.

READ MORE: Horrifying new details in the death of a 5-year-old Houston boy

Over the weekend, we also heard from the ex-boyfriend from Balboa, who she’s been with for about 10 years. They have two daughters, but Balboa no longer has custody of them. Alex Rizo shared his disbelief about what his children’s mother is accused of.

“I’ve known that girl for a long time and I know she had problems. I know he’s had a difficult life, but you never think, I never thought something of this magnitude would happen, “said Rizo.

READ MORE: Theresa Balboa’s ex responds to shocking allegations: “I don’t know what happened”

Authorities believe Balboa was on her way to Louisiana when she was arrested in Jasper.

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