Baltimore Police Discover Bodies of Two Children During Traffic Stop

Police in Maryland's Baltimore County have arrested a 33-year-old woman after the discovery of two children's bodies during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

The children were identified as 7-year-old Joshlyn Johnson and 5-year-old Larry O'Neil, who police said are siblings. On Friday morning, the county police said they had arrested Nicole Johnson in connection with the deaths of the children, who have been identified as Johnson's niece and nephew.

Johnson faces multiple charges, including first-degree child abuse that resulted in the death of a child under 13. Police said that given the sensitive nature of the case, it will take time to determine the exact causes of death.

"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."

Hyatt added, "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 waived her appearance at a bail review hearing at 1 p.m. in Baltimore County District Court and is being held without bail, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"This incident is horrific and a heartbreaking loss of life," said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. "We will continue to provide every resource to support our department's ongoing investigation into this devastating case."

At around 11 p.m. Wednesday, officers in Essex stopped a vehicle on Eastern Boulevard and found the bodies, according to the police report. A police spokesperson said the car was pulled over because there were "details about the vehicle that patrol officers found suspicious," according to local news station WJZ.

MORE: This is where the suspect was stopped on Eastern Blvd near Wagners Lane. There are still a lot of unknowns such as the relationship between the victim and suspects, where they were found inside the car, how long were they dead, and if they were reported missing. @wbaltv11

— Tre Ward (@TreWardWBAL) July 29, 2021

"Tonight, the entire Baltimore County Police Department grieves with the community over the unspeakable deaths of two innocent children," said Hyatt, according to WJZ. "The investigation into this atrocious crime will not stop until those responsible are brought to justice."

The two children were found in the car's trunk and had been dead for a long time, sources told the news station. The bodies were transported to the chief medical examiner's office.

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The bodies of two deceased children were found by Baltimore County Police during a traffic stop Wednesday night. Above, police tape stretches across a street in Park City, Kansas, on February 26, 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty Images