July 30, 2021

UPDATE (July 30, 2021 2:03 p.m.):

“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," Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said. "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.”

UPDATE (July 30, 2021 10:49 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have arrested and charged 33-year-old Nicole M. Johnson, of the 3500 block of Elmora Ave., 21213, in connection to the deaths of her niece and nephew, 7-year-old Joshlyn Johnson and 5-year-old Larry O’Neil. The children are siblings. Johnson faces multiple charges including 1st degree child abuse that resulted in the death of a child under the age of 13.

Due to the nature of this case, it will take time to determine the exact circumstances that led to the children’s deaths. In partnership with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as well as the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Baltimore County Police Department remains committed to bringing closure to this horrific case.

UPDATE (July 29, 2021 10:25 p.m.):

The children found deceased during a traffic stop last night have been identified as 7-year-old Joshlyn Johnson and 5-year-old Larry O’Neil.

"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 investigation into this atrocious crime will not stop until those responsible are brought to justice.”

ORIGINAL (July 29, 2021 2:25 p.m.): 

Just after 11 p.m. on July 28, 2021, officers from our Essex precinct conducted a traffic stop on Eastern Boulevard near Wagners Lane. During the stop, officers discovered the bodies of two deceased children.

The deceased minors were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody. Baltimore County detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.