Nicole Johnson, of Baltimore, was arrested and is facing several charges after police discovered the dead bodies of her young niece and nephew in the trunk of her car during a traffic stop.
County police pulled over 33-year-old woman on Wednesday (July 28) around 11:17 p.m. on Eastern Boulevard near Wagners Lane.
Nicole had no license nor insurance and she was using a fake temporary tag.
Officers informed Nicole her car would be towed and that she would have to report to District Court within five days.
It don’t matter. I won’t be here in five days and y’all going to see me on the news, y’all going to see on the news making my big debut.
Nicole Johnson retrieved her belongings from the car including a clear trash bag that contained a suitcase. Officers noticed maggots and a very strong odor coming from the bag.
She told the officers it was just blankets. When ordered to remove the blanket, the decomposing body of a small child was exposed.
Nicole Johnson took off running in an attempt to flee the scene, but was apprehended a short distance away.
Detectives searched the remaining bags and discovered another decomposing body of a young child.
The children were Johnson’s 7-year-old niece, Joshlyn Johnson, and 5-year-old nephew, Larry O’Neil.
The girl only weighed 18 pounds and the boy was just weighed 21 pounds.
Nicole told detectives she struck the 7-year-old several times for misbehaving and the girl hit her head on the floor and died.
She put Joshlyn’s body in a suitcase and carried it around for months.
Nicole claimed two months ago, Larry had blood on his leg and never woke up.
So, she placed his body in a plastic tote bag in the trunk with his sister.
Nicole Johnson faces multiple charges including first-degree child abuse that resulted in the death of a child under the age of 13.
The children belonged to Nicole’s sister, who relocated from Ohio to Maryland with the children in July 2019.
She was unable to care for the children and agreed to leave them with Nicole.
The mother of the children told police she tried numerous times to get in touch with Nicole, but was unsuccessful. She finally heard from her in March.
Nicole agreed to return the children, but never showed up.
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski tweeted a statement, saying:
The abhorrent details of this heartbreaking incident remain difficult to comprehend. On behalf of the people of Baltimore County, I share my deepest sympathies with the family, friends, and loved ones of Joshlyn Marie James Johnson and Larry Darnell O’Neal.
See his tweet below.
Johnson waived her right to a bail review.
A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 27.
Watch the news report below.