In suspected child abuse and murder case, a United States woman killed her sister’s two children and drove around for months with the dead bodies stuffed inside the trunk of her car.
Nicole Johnson, 33, from the east coast city of Baltimore was arrested and charged with neglect; failure to report the death of Joshlyn Marie James Johnson, 7, and Larry Darnell O’Neal, 5; disposal of their bodies and child abuse that resulted in the death of the two children.
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The two minor children had apparently been entrusted to Nicole’s care by her sister Dachelle Johnson sometime in 2019.
Johnson told detectives she tried numerous times to get in touch with her sister and her children but couldn’t locate them, according to court documents.
In March, Dachelle Johnson said she arranged to meet her sister to get her kids, but they never showed up. Johnson had been unable to contact them since, and a detective notified her of their deaths, police said.
Nicole’s charge sheet suggests that sometime in May last year, Nicole is alleged to have stuffed her niece’s body into a suitcase and put it in the trunk.
She allegedly continued to use the car with her niece’s dead body for a year before she killed her nephew and placed the body next to his decomposed sister wrapped in a plastic bag.
Nicole’s crimes were only uncovered on Wednesday last week after a traffic police officer pulled her over for speeding.
Baltimore Sun reports that one officer told Johnson the vehicle was going to be towed and she replied:
It doesn’t matter, I won’t be here in five days.
Y’all going to see me on the news making my big debut.
After observing that there was a strong bad smell coming from Nicole’s car, the police opened the car’s trunk and discovered Joshlyn and Larry’s decomposed bodies.
Baltimore Sun reports that during questioning, Nicole revealed that her niece died after she hit her head on the floor. She, however, did not explain how her nephew died.
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