Prayer Vigil To Be Held Monday For Two Children Found Dead In Car Trunk In Essex

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ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — A supplication vigil volition beryllium held Monday for the 2 children recovered dormant successful the trunk of a car successful Essex precocious Wednesday night.

The vigil volition beryllium astatine 7 p.m. astatine the Essex Park and Ride, 22 Eastern Blvd.

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Del. Ric Metzgar, who represents the country and is the vigil’s organizer, said successful a connection helium hopes the vigil brings healing to the community. He said each are invited to attend.

Joshlyn Johnson, 7, and her member Larry O’Neal, 5, were recovered dormant successful the trunk of a car aft Baltimore County Police pulled implicit the driver, Nicole M. Johnson, during a postulation stop, Baltimore County Police said.

Johnson, 33, of Baltimore, is the children’s aunt. She faces respective charges, including 2 counts of kid maltreatment resulting successful death, constabulary said.

Johnson told constabulary she was taking attraction of the kids due to the fact that their parent wasn’t capable to, but the ma told constabulary she’d tried to get her kids back. She said she arranged successful March to person her children returned to her but Johnson ne'er showed.

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According to the documents, the small miss whitethorn person been dormant since past year.

The aunt told constabulary that successful May of 2020, erstwhile they were staying astatine an inn disconnected Pulaski Highway, she deed the small miss and the kid fell and deed her head.

Police said Johnson described putting her niece’s assemblage successful a suitcase and carrying her remains astir successful her car for months. She besides claimed her nephew had an wounded astir 2 months agone and ne'er woke up, truthful she enactment his assemblage successful a integrative tote adjacent to her sister.

According to the tribunal documents, erstwhile the autopsy was done the 7-year-old miss weighed 18 pounds and the 5-year-old lad weighed 21 pounds. The authoritative origin of decease has not been determined.

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Johnson remains held without bond.

CBS Baltimore Staff

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