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06.17.2021

INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE: MOTHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN A TEXAS MOTEL ROOM SPEAKS OUT

INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:   

MOTHER OF 5-YEAR-OLD WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN A TEXAS MOTEL ROOM SPEAKS OUT 



 

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New York, NY – June 17, 2021 – In an exclusive airing on Thursday, INSIDE EDITION speaks with Sarah Olson, the mother of 5-year-old Samuel Olson, who was found slain inside a Best Western motel room. 

 

Sarah Olson and her ex were locked in a bitter custody battle, so she says the last time she spoke with Sammy was at his birthday party in 2020. 

 

When everybody was distracted, I picked him up and ran to my car and I said ‘put your seatbelt on’ and he struggled a bit so I helped him,” Olson tells INSIDE EDITION. “I panicked and put my car in drive and next thing I knew Dalton dove in front of my vehicle.” 

 

She says because of COVID-19, it was impossible to appear before a family court judge and fight for her son’s return.  

 

I felt like the world was against me,” says Olson. 

 

Sammy’s disappearance captivated the country when the boy’s father, Dalton Olson, and his girlfriend, Theresa Balboa, gave a tearful interview after they reported him missing. Theresa actually accused Sarah of taking Sam. 

 

The following day, however, Theresa was found in room 106 at the Best Western in Jasper, Texas with Sammy’s body stuffed inside a bin. But Sarah believes she didn’t act on her own. 

 

Dalton's definitely involved in my opinion,” Olson tells INSIDE EDITION. “With all the evidence that has been brought to life, his father is definitely responsible for his death." 

 

Olson believes Dalton’s search for his son was also a charade. 

 

It was all a lie,” says Olson. 

 

Dalton Olson has not been charged and denies having anything to do with his son’s death.  

 

As Olson tries to process her son’s murder, she says she’s haunted by the last thing she ever said to him. 

 

I told him everything would be okay,” says Olson. “It wasn’t okay.” 

 

No one has been charged with killing Sammy. Theresa Balboa is charged with tampering with evidence, in particular, a human corpse.  

 

For INSIDE EDITION’s full report, tune in on Thursday, June 17th. Check local listings for times and stations in your area.   

 

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