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Aunt charged after police discover bodies of two children during traffic stop in Essex

Posted at 3:13 PM, Jul 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 11:20:48-04

ESSEX, Md. — A Wednesday traffic stop in Baltimore County led to the gruesome discovery of two dead children.

It happened just after 11pm, when an officer assigned to the Essex precinct pulled a car over on Eastern Boulevard near Wagners Lane.

“There were certain details about this vehicle that made patrol officers suspicious last night that initiated this vehicle being stopped,” said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Joy Stewart.

The bodies of 7-year-old Joshlyn Johnson and her 5-year-old brother Larry O’Neil were taken to the Medical Examiner's Office to undergo an autopsy.

On Friday police say they arrested and charged the driver, 33-year-old Nicole M. Johnson, who is the kids aunt.

“Tonight, the entire Baltimore County Police Department grieves with the community over the unspeakable deaths of two innocent children,” Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said.

The exact circumstances that led to the deaths are still under investigation.