Md. mother pleads guilty to severe child abuse

Date: 2009-09-11

Associated Press

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD. — A southern Maryland woman accused of killing two of her adopted daughters and keeping their bodies in a freezer for months has pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse involving a third girl.

Forty-four-year-old Renee Bowman entered the plea Friday in Calvert County Circuit Court.

The charge involves Bowman's then-7-year-old adopted daughter, who was found wandering around her Lusby neighborhood after jumping from a window. She was wearing a bloodstained nightshirt and had open sores and lesions on much of her body.

After the child was found, authorities searched Bowman's house and found the frozen remains.

Bowman could receive up to 25 years in prison for the child abuse. She faces separate first-degree murder charges in the deaths of the other two girls in Montgomery County.

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