Aunt drove car with decomposing bodies of niece, 7, and nephew, 5, for months

An aunt was caught driving around for more than a year with the decomposing bodies of her niece and nephew in her boot, foreign media reports.

Police pulled over Nicole Johnson, 33, on Wednesday, July 29, and found the dead bodies of her seven-year-old niece and five-year-old nephew.

The police pulled her over for having unauthorised tags and registration on her car and found she was driving without a licence, the Baltimore Sun reported.

One officer could allegedly smell the decomposing bodies as the car was about to be towed and before Johnson attempted to flee saying: "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."

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.

"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."

It is alleged that Johnson hid her niece's body in the car in a briefcase for over a year.

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Then in May, it is alleged that she stuffed her nephew's body into the same case, next to his sister.

Authorities have claimed that Johnson's sister Dachelle had to give her kids to Johnson after she could not longer take care of them.

Police charged Johnson on Friday with multiple counts of neglect and child abuse charges as the children were clearly malnourished before they died.

She was also hit with failing to report their deaths to the authorities as well as illegally disposing of their bodies, WBAL reports.

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