Samuel Olson's dad Dalton Olson denies hand in death of boy, 6, whose body was found at Texas motel
HOUSTON, TEXAS: Dalton Olson has vehemently denied having anything to do with the death of his son Samuel through his attorney Samuel Veenstra, as new details emerged about the death of a six-year-old boy whose body found at a Houston motel room.
”He had nothing to do with the death of his son. (The) family is in mourning, shocked and in disbelief," said the lawyer, adding that the family is seeking "answers as to what happened and why.” Dalton's girlfriend Theresa Balboa, 29, has been charged with tampering with evidence.
Young Samuel Olson was dead two weeks before his father reported him missing to police, per court documents. His body was found at an apartment that Balboa shared with a male roommate in Webster for several days before she allegedly took the body to a storage facility and later to a motel in Jasper, Click2Houston reported.
Authorities said while they are almost certain the body is Samuel's, they are still waiting for the medical examiner's official determination. Following Balboa's arrest, Dalton spoke to the press and asked his fiancee "why did you do this?" He promised to obtain "justice" for his son.
"Why? He loved you so much. I do not understand what happened. Why did you, why did you do this? I don’t know what’s going on. I found out what happened last night," the devastated father said of her arrest. "I can barely breathe.”
Here is the full interview conducted Monday with Dalton Olson, father of 6-year-old Samuel Olson whose body is believed to have been discovered in Jasper last night, according to Houston Police who are awaiting autopsy results. pic.twitter.com/woDYDzLEQF— Ivory Hecker FOX 26 (@IvoryHecker) June 2, 2021
Sarah Olson, Samuel's biological mother, released a statement Wednesday alleging that Dalton was involved in her son's believed demise. She told the media through her attorney that she believed both Dalton and Balboa were "100 percent" responsible and urged law enforcement to apprehend him as well.
"She feels that if Samuel is deceased ... [and] that this is her child after the identification process, she feels 100% of the blame is on both Dalton and Theresa," her attorney Marco Gonzalez said. "Theresa is in custody, but she also strongly believes that the adults, you know, the child's father, should also be in custody, because she feels 100 percent that they both have something to do with this." Gonzalez added, "So, she's hoping, you know, praying that he also will be taken into custody. So that justice can be done for Samuel."
Dalton's attorney Veenstra told the Houston Chronicle on Thursday that his client was "shocked and devastated" at the tragic turn of events. "It’s been a rollercoaster,” Veenstra said. “He had no reason to suspect something was off with Theresa, assuming Theresa did this.”
NEW: Previous mug shots of Theresa Balboa, the woman taken into custody at the Jasper motel where the body of Samuel Olson, 6, is believed to be found. Balboa was out on bond from an assault charge in November, which alleges she assaulted Dalton Olson, Sam’s father. @KHOU pic.twitter.com/YhpJDgaWAx— Janelle Bludau (@JanelleKHOU) June 2, 2021
Veenstra also strongly denied Sarah Olson's allegations that Dalton had a role in their son's disappearance and death. “He’s been nothing but devastated through this whole situation,” he said. “To put blame on Dalton, as having responsibility for the death of his son, it’s just absurd.”
According to the lawyer, Dalton and Sarah have been embroiled in a bitter custody battle for the last two years. “The relationship between Sarah and Sam has been really rocky, to say the least,” Veenstra said. “We’re not trying to throw Sarah under the bus by any stretch. It’s a young couple that had issues. They couldn’t get along," he added.