SAMUEL Olsen's mom revealed on Tuesday she was in a custody battle with his father for months before the five-year-old was reportedly killed, wrapped in plastic, and dumped in a motel.
Sarah Olsen had not seen son Sam since May 2020 for his fifth birthday, when she claimed the last words she told him were “I love you.”
In her first interview since her son's death, Sarah said that she had primary custody of Sam and that his father Dalton Olsen had visitation, KTRK reports.
Yet she claimed Dalton failed to bring back Sam in January 2020 and she had been in a legal battle to get her son back ever since.
During a press conference held at her attorney’s office, it was claimed that Dalton had avoided being served papers for months, as she described the court system as “slow.”
"When I got there, he told me, 'I knew you would come," she said of the last time she saw her son.
"And he basically stood with me the whole time. I was planning on taking him home that day. I was stopped."
She said that when Dalton took Sam, he told her she would “never speak to him again.”
"I called police after police, trying to figure out what to do. But it was a civil matter – I had to take him to court. Things can be slow,” Sarah added.
She also revealed on Tuesday that she had only met with Dalton’s girlfriend Theresa Balboa, 29, once at Sam’s birthday last year.
Sam was found dead from blunt head trauma in a garbage can at a Texas motel on June 1 after being reported missing by Balboa and his father on May 27.
He had not been publicly seen since April 30.
Balboa was found in the motel and Houston police believe she hid and moved the boy’s body.
She is being held on a $500,000 bond for a charge of tampering with evidence.
Cops have suggested more charges could come.
Balboa is already on a $100,000 bond on a charge from November 2020 after she allegedly assaulted Dalton and he filed a restraining order against her.
She had also lost custody of her own two children in 2019.
Sarah said on Tuesday that she had no idea there were problems in their relationship and that she believed Dalton had her son in Houston.
Instead, the boy’s body was 100 miles away in Jasper.
Balboa had initially told cops that Sarah and a man pretending to be a police officer had come to take away Sam but it was confirmed that the mother was at home at the time.
“I know she lied,” Sarah said of Balboa.
"I thought Dalton had him," she continued.
"I thought he was good with his dad."
"There have been a lot of lies from the other side at the start – concoct a story, about someone trying to impersonate a police officer – it's insane," her attorney Marco Gonzalez added.
"For Balboa to participate with the search, trying to find the body, pass out flyers, and try to pin it on Sarah – it's tough to understand why people do certain things."
Later in the interview, Sarah also claimed that she believes father Dalton to have been involved in Sam’s death.
"I don't see how he couldn't, with all the evidence that has now been brought to light, how are you not involved?" she claimed.
Gonzalez also told reporters that Sarah “has nothing to say to Dalton, and does not want to speak to him.”
"It could not have been the work of one person alone,” he said.
Gonzalez had previously revealed Sarah believes Dalton should be in custody last week.
"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% that they both have something to do with this," he said.
"So, she's hoping, you know, praying that he also will be taken into custody. So that justice can be done for Samuel."
Dalton is speaking to investigators but cops have not said he’s a suspect.
Investigators are also speaking to two men who allegedly helped to move Sam’s body.
Balboa's roommate, Benjamin Rivera, claimed he found Sam’s body on a bed covered in bruises after Balboa called him to say she killed the five-year-old on May 10, weeks before he was reported missing.
The second man reportedly helped Balboa dispose of the body at the Jasper motel.
Sarah on Tuesday described her son as “sweet” and “definitely a momma’s boy.”
"I always loved when he called me beautiful,” she said.
She added that she wanted justice for her son and to see changes in the legal system which saw her battling for custody for so long.
“A lot of change needs to happen in the legal system, among parents,” Sarah claimed.
“It's not just my son, not just me.
“It's a lot of people going through the same thing. And something needs to be done.”
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