A BALTIMORE aunt drove for more than a year with the decomposing bodies of children in her trunk, police said on Thursday.
Nicole Johnson, 33, was pulled over by police on Wednesday night in a routine traffic stop when the dead bodies of her 7-year-old niece and 5-year-old nephews were found.
Cops had pulled Johnson over after cops noticed unauthorized tags and registration on her car, and found she had been driving without a license, the Baltimore Sun reported, citing a police report.
But an officer smelled the decomposing bodies as the car was being prepared to be towed – and Johnson told the cop: “It don’t matter, I won’t be here in five days”, the report said.
“Y’all going to see me on the news making my big debut,” Johnson reportedly added, before attempting to flee as the officer opened the trunk.
“This truly was a devastating incident – one that not only shocked our community to its core, but significantly affected our patrol officers, forensic technicians, and detectives,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.
“I am grateful that the harrowing details of this case were thoroughly and quickly uncovered, resulting in an expeditious closure to this tragedy,” she continued.
“I want to commend all of our Baltimore County Police Department members who worked tirelessly throughout this investigation to bring justice to these innocent, young victims.”
Johnson is alleged to have hidden her 7-year-old niece’s body, Joshlyn Marie James Johnson, in a briefcase in her car trunk for over a year.
In May of this year, Johnson is then alleged to have stuffed the body of her 5-year-old nephew, Larry Darnell O’Neal, next to his sister.
Police discovered the decomposing brother and sister weighing just 21 and 18 pounds, meaning they were likely malnourished before their death, according to WBAL.
Authorities claim that Johnson’s sister Dachelle had asked her to look after her kids in 2019 when she was unable to take care of them.
According to court filings, Johnson began growing angry with her niece, hitting Joshlyn several times.
This forced the little 7-year-old to hit Johnson back in the head – but Johnson retaliated, allegedly telling police she put her niece’s body in a suitcase in her car in May 2020 and leaving her in her car ever since.
Johnson is then alleged to have told police that she put Larry’s body in a bad next to Joshlyn over a year later, but neglected to tell them when he passed or how.
The two children’s bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death.
Police have charged Johnson on Friday with multiple counts of neglect and child abuse charges, and failing to report their deaths to authorities as well ass illegally disposing of their bodies.
“The investigation into this atrocious crime will not stop until those responsible are brought to justice,” added Hyatt.