2nd person charged with death of 5-year-old in Texas whose body was discovered in a motel – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – A second person has been charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy in Houston whose body was allegedly hidden in a storage unit before being discovered in an East Texas motel, announced the authorities Tuesday June 22.

Benjamin Rivera, 27, has been charged by Houston Police with tampering with evidence of a human corpse, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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Rivera is the roommate of Theresa Raye Balboa, who was indicted earlier this month in the case.

Court records did not identify a lawyer who could speak for Rivera.

Balboa, who was Samuel Olson’s father’s girlfriend, was also accused of tampering with evidence, a human corpse.

Photo of missing 5-year-old Samuel Olson. (credit: Houston Police Department)

Samuel’s body was found on June 1 in a plastic bag at a motel in Jasper, about 135 miles northeast of Houston. Prosecutors said Balboa was on his way to Louisiana.

Police believe Samuel died weeks before he was reported missing on May 27 by Balboa, according to an arrest affidavit. He would have been 6 on May 29.

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Rivera told investigators Balboa called him on May 10 and said the boy was dead, according to the affidavit.

The boy’s body was kept in the tub at the suburban Houston apartment where Balboa lived until she and Rivera placed it in a plastic bag and hid it in a storage unit on May 13, police said.

Advice from a friend of Balboa’s led the police to the motel room in Jasper.

Samuel’s cause of death was ruled a homicide, but further details on how he died were not disclosed by authorities.

Balboa, 29, remains jailed for bonds totaling $ 600,000.

Prosecutors said they plan to lay additional charges against Balboa.

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