"Everyone will see me on the news making my big debut," Nicole Johnson said when police stopped her in Baltimore for speeding and decided to impound her vehicle when they learned she did not have the correct documents.
An American motorist was arrested while moving with the bodies of her nephew and niece in the trunk of her car, police said Friday, following the gruesome discovery during a routine traffic check.
Nicole Johnson of Baltimore City on the East Coast faces multiple charges, including child abuse resulting in the deaths of the seven-year-old girl and the five-year-old boy.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the 33-year-old woman put her niece's body in a suitcase and placed it in the trunk but continued to use the car usually. A year later, the aunt placed the boy's body wrapped in a plastic bag next to her rotten sister.
Police pulled him over for speeding on Wednesday and decided to seize the vehicle when they learned he did not have the correct documents. According to the newspaper, an officer told Johnson that the car was to be towed, and she replied, "It doesn't matter, I won't be here for five days." And then he said, "Everyone will see me on the news of my first film," the newspaper quoted a police report as saying.
In 2019, Johnson's sister took care of both children.
Johnson admitted during questioning that he had beaten his niece several times, causing the young woman to hit her head on the ground. However, he did not say how the boy died, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The AP news agency noted that a probable cause statement for the deaths said the girl's severely malnourished body weighed only 8 kilos at the time of her autopsy. The boy weighed only nine and a half kilos. According to the indictment documents, the doctors reported that "it would have taken several months of malnutrition to reach these weights," according to the indictment documents.
Baltimore County Sheriff Melissa Hayat issued a statement calling the crime "disgusting." Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.'s report called it a "terrible and heartbreaking loss of life."
Investigators say the children's biological mother, Dachelle Johnson, told detectives she left her children in her sister's care because she could not take care of them. The transfer took place in July 2019, shortly after the mother moved from Ohio to Maryland.