SAMUEL Olson allegedly died over two weeks before he was reported missing and his bruised body was left in the bath for days by his dad's girlfriend, court documents claim.
Theresa Balboa, 29, was jailed on Tuesday night and charged with evidence tampering after the body of a child believed to be missing Samuel was found inside her motel room.
Read our Samuel Olson live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Samuel was first reported missing on May 27 by Balboa and his father, Dalton Olson, though police said he hadn't been seen publicly since April 30.
Now, new court documents released on Thursday suggest that Samuel – who is yet to be officially declared dead – actually may have actually died more than two weeks before police were called.
Charging documents state that Balboa's roommate, Benjamin Rivera, told investigators that he was called by Balboa on May 10 who told him that Samuel was dead.
Rivera said he left for work and later returned to the residence to find Samuel laying in the bed unresponsive.
He told police he noticed bruising on the child's body, according to prosecutors.
The roommate said he and Balboa moved the child's body to a bathtub where he remained for two days.
Then on May 13, he claims he bought duct tape and a plastic tote from Wal-Mart and that he and Balboa wrapped Samuel’s body in a plastic sheet, placed it into a tote bag, and put the body on the back of his truck.
They then drove to a storage unit in Webster, court documents say.
In an earlier development Thursday, prosecutors said surveillance footage showed Balboa being picked up from the same storage unit by a man believed to be her roommate Tuesday.
In the video, she's reportedly seen holding the plastic bin that allegedly contains Samuel's body and loading it into the back of the man's truck.
Moments earlier, Balboa had been participating in a search for Samuel nearby, prosecutors say.
Balboa and the man then drove to the Best Western motel in Jasper from the storage unit and are seen on motel surveillance tape arriving.
The man is then seen unloading the plastic bin and carrying it into room 106 before leaving the motel, court documents state.
According to investigators, the same man later called Crime Stoppers to submit an anonymous tip to investigators about Balboa's location and the "foul-smelling" bin.
Police acted on that tip and made contact with Balboa. After searching her room they discovered the plastic container in the bathroom.
After removing the lid, officers found a small body stuffed inside a black plastic bag that had been secured with duct tape.
More to follow…
For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online.
The Sun is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.
Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS.
Source: Read Full Article