Renee Bowman, 43, told police that the bodies of her two adopted daughters were in a freezer.
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LUSBY, Md. — Child-sized human remains uncovered in a basement freezer were those of two girls and have been there for months, their adoptive mother told investigators. They said Monday they believe she is responsible for their deaths.
Sheriff’s deputies were investigating an abuse complaint regarding a third, surviving child Saturday when they discovered the remains encased in ice. The mother told investigators that they had been in her southern Maryland home’s freezer for at least seven months, and police said they are considering the case a homicide.
"We have reason to believe that’s the two children in the freezer," said Lt. Bobby Jones of Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. "We believe that the mother, who adopted the two children, is responsible for it."
Autopsies would need to be completed before authorities know for sure whether it is the girls, who would be nine and 11. Deputies made the gruesome find in Lusby, about 80 kilometres southeast of Washington, D.C. They were at the home with a search warrant to investigate what happened to the runaway seven-year-old girl who "showed signs of extreme abuse and neglect," the sheriff’s department said.Quote has been trimmed
The girl’s mother, Renee Bowman, 43, has been arrested, and a judge has ordered her held without bond. She is charged with first-degree child abuse in the beating of the seven-year-old who was found wandering in the neighbourhood wearing only a blood- and feces-soaked T-shirt, authorities said.
"I asked if she was OK. She said no," said neighbour Phillip Garrett, who found the girl walking down the street. "She said, ’My mother beats me to death all the time.’"
She escaped from a locked bedroom by jumping out a second-storey window, and Bowman admitted beating her with a "hard-heeled shoe," officials said.
Bowman told detectives she brought the remains of her other daughters with her when she moved in February from Rockville, about 100 kilometres away....