Who is Nicole Johnson? Baltimore woman stashed bodies of niece, 7, nephew, 5, in car's trunk

Nicole Johnson was caught when a Baltimore police officer smelled the decomposing bodies while removing items from her car’s trunk

                            Who is Nicole Johnson? Baltimore woman stashed bodies of niece, 7, nephew, 5, in car's trunk
Nicole Johnson was allegedly found with the decomposing bodies of her niece and nephew in her car trunk when she was pulled over by the police (Baltimore County police)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: A woman has been pressed with numerous charges after she was found allegedly driving her car with the decomposing bodies of her niece and nephew in the trunk. Nicole Johnson was caught with the dead bodies of her 7-year-old niece and 5-year-old nephew Wednesday night, July 28, when Baltimore police pulled her over for unauthorized tags and registration on her vehicle. She was also allegedly driving without a license.

The Baltimore Sun reported citing the charging documents that when a cop told Johnson her car would have to be towed, she replied, “It don’t matter, I won’t be here in five days. Y’all going to see me on the news making my big debut.” The officer then smelled the decomposing bodies while removing items from the car’s trunk. Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said, “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.”


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Hyatt added: “I am grateful that the harrowing details of this case were thoroughly and quickly uncovered, resulting in an expeditious closure to this tragedy. 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.”

Who is Nicole Johnson? 

Johnson was reportedly taking care of her sister’s kids since 2019 after their mother Dachelle was unable to do so. The court documents stated that over time, the 33-year-old woman allegedly started getting angry with her niece, Joshlyn, and hit her a number of times. But when the little girl hit her back on her head, she could not control herself and struck her head on the floor, killing her. She then allegedly put her body in a suitcase in her car.

According to Johnson, her nephew, Larry, two months ago, was put to sleep but never woke up. The charging papers also noted that the aunt claimed that the boy had a wound on his left leg, but did not provide details on what caused the injury. She added that she then put Larry’s body in a tote and placed it next to his sister’s decomposing body in the car trunk. 

According to reports, the remains of the kids, weighing just 21 and 18 pounds, have now been taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the reason behind their deaths. While their aunt has been charged with several counts of neglect and child abuse charges, and failing to report their deaths to authorities as well as disposing of their bodies illegally. “The investigation into this atrocious crime will not stop until those responsible are brought to justice,” the Police Chief stated.

Adam Rosenberg, a child abuse specialist for the Center For Hope, spoke with 11 News to express his thoughts over the devastating incident. He said, “Angers me that there still must've been people around them to see these kids get malnourished, and smaller and smaller, and weaker and weaker. Maryland Family Law 5-705, indicates that all of us, all of us citizens, regardless of profession – we have an obligation and a duty to report child abuse and neglect when we see it.”

“It doesn't always have to extend to the point where you pick up the phone and reporting to Child Protective Services. These things could be stopped by just being a good neighbor and a good friend and saying, 'Can I help you? Is everything alright?'” Rosenberg added.

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