Renee Bowman Convicted for Murdering Daughters, Locking Bodies in Freezer

(Montgomery County Police Dept)
(Calvert County Sheriffs Dept.)
ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBS/AP) Renee Bowman of Maryland listened stone-faced as she was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree child abuse.

Photo: Victims Minnet Cecila Bowman, left, and Jasmine Nicole Bowman, right

Bowman, 44, killed her two adopted special needs children Minnet and Jasmine Bowman then locked their bodies in a freezer.

Prosecutors believe she murdered the little girls, who were both younger than 10, while they lived in Rockville, Md. She transported their bodies in a freezer, prosecutors said, as the family moved across the state.

All the while, she continued to collect payments meant for child care, totaling $150,000 since their adoption.

Photo: Renee Bowman

The bodies were found after a third daughter jumped out of a window to escape. The 9-year-old girl, who kept waving at her foster mother while taking the stand, testified in court against the woman she calls her "ex-mother". She told the jury her mother often beat, chocked and locked them in a bathroom and forced them to use a bucket as a toilet.

Bowman has already been sentenced to 25 years for abusing the daughter who survived. Prosecutors are planning to try for life in prison without parole at her sentencing on March 22.

February 18, 2010 - 9-Year-Old Says "Ex-Mom" Renee Bowman Murdered Step-Sisters, Kept Bodies in Freezer