Lubsy, Maryland 2008 - After a
small bruised and battered little girl jumped out of her 2nd story
bedroom window to escape her mother, police were summoned to a
home to investigate. In an up-right freezer, in a basement police
found the frozen bodies of 2 small little girls. They were
identified as Jasmine and Minnet Bowman. They were 2 of 5 children
that were adopted by their foster parent, Renee Bowman.
Renee Bowman Gets Double Life
Maryland woman who murdered daughters will have
no chance of parole
By Andy Salsman - NBCWashington.com
March 22, 2010
A Maryland woman convicted of
killing two of her adopted daughters and storing their bodies in a
freezer was sentenced today to double life sentences without
parole, plus an extra 75 years.
"You sentenced these two young
innocent children in the dawn of their lives to a death chamber,
and for you that option is not available," Montgomery County
Circuit Judge Michael J. Algeo told Bowman before handing down the
maximum sentence. The crimes are not eligible for the death
penalty in Maryland.
Bowman showed no emotion during
"I am very sorry for the abuse
of the girls," Bowman told the judge in an even voice. "It haunts
me. It haunts me every day."
Last month, a Montgomery County
jury had convicted Renee Bowman, 44, of two counts of first-degree
murder and three counts of first-degree child abuse.
The case began in September
2008, after a third adopted daughter of Bowman's escaped their
house by jumping out a window. While investigating allegations of
child abuse, the Calvert County Sheriff's Department discovered
two bodies in a freezer. The bodies were those of Jasmine and
Minnet Bowman, believed to be ages 7 and 9 when they died.
Prosecutors said Bowman killed
them while the family was living in Rockville and took the freezer
with her when the family moved first to Charles County and later
to Lusby, in Calvert County.
Bowman's lawyers maintain that
she did not kill the girls, though they acknowledge she is guilty
of abusing them. Deputy State's Attorney John Maloney said the
evidence shows the children were smothered to death and that
Bowman acted deliberately.
Public defender Alan Drew said
the defense would appeal the murder convictions, but he declined
to comment further.
Bowman kept the two young
girls' bodies on ice for months while she continued to collect
subsidies paid to parents who adopt special-needs children in the
District of Columbia. She received a total of about $150,000 after
Bowman had already been
sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to abusing
the surviving daughter, who is now 9 years old and living with
foster parents. She testified at the trial about the abuse she and
her sisters endured -- being beaten with a baseball bat and shoes
and choked until they lost consciousness. She referred to Bowman
as her "ex-mother."
"Renee Bowman's crime was
brutal almost beyond human comprehension," said John J. McCarthy,
state's attorney for Montgomery County. "Given the opportunity as
an adoptive parent to change the lives of three children, she
violated that trust in unimaginable ways."
Prosecutors had asked for life
in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder
Md. woman who froze girls'
bodies guilty of murder, abuse
By Dan Morse - The Washington Post
February 23, 2010
A Maryland woman described by prosecutors as a
torturer and maimer of her adopted girls was convicted Monday of
killing two of them and stuffing their bodies into a freezer and
inflicting more than 80 injuries on the third.
"What she did was absolutely horrendous," said
Laurence Foley, foreman of the jury that deliberated for about 90
minutes inside a Montgomery County courthouse. "There was an
overwhelming amount of evidence."
The case stunned the region and cast a
spotlight on the District's child welfare agency, which had
allowed Renee Bowman to adopt the three girls. She collected
$152,000 for raising the children, according to trial testimony,
with many payments arriving after two of them had been dead and
put in the freezer.
"This woman was in it for the money. And by
killing the children, keeping them literally on ice, the money
continued to flow," Montgomery County prosecutor John McCarthy
said in his closing argument.
The children she killed, Minnet and Jasmine,
would have been 12 and 11 now. Their bodies, 52 pounds each, were
found in September 2008. Detectives could not determine when they
were killed but said that they had been asphyxiated and that their
bodies could have been in the freezer for more than two years.
Bowman, who faces a possible sentence of life
in prison without parole, sat impassively as the five-count
verdict was read, her hands clasped on a table in front of her, as
they had been for much of the four-day trial. She cocked her head
slightly as one of the child-abuse findings was read.
During the trial, jurors learned a lot about
Bowman, 44. She kept the three girls in her Rockville house,
inside a bedroom with the door lock reversed. She forced them to
use a bucket as a toilet and beat them with a bat and the heel of
a shoe. She moved to Charles County and Calvert County with the
bodies of the girls inside the freezer, prosecutors said.
They presented e-mails that Bowman had written
in recent years, showing her carrying on as if nothing was wrong.
To one friend, she joked about dispensing
discipline: "I'm like the WARDEN . . . THEY HATE IT. hahaaha. How
are you? You doing alright? How's your thyroid and stuff?"
To an adoption organization in South Carolina,
she wrote that she wanted to add a boy to her family. "I am very
much interested in Cameron. He would make a lovely addition to our
The horror to which Bowman subjected the
children came to light about 17 months ago. A badly beaten
7-year-old girl was found walking down a street in Lusby, about 55
miles southeast of Washington. She told residents and police who
came to her aid that she had just jumped out of the second-floor
window of her home.
The girl became the trial's most compelling
witness. In heart-wrenching detail, she talked about how her
"ex-mother" choked her so many times she couldn't count, and how
Minnet and Jasmine had been choked.
After her two older sisters were no longer in
the house, the girl testified, Bowman told her that the girls left
to live somewhere else because they thought their younger sister
was stupid and never wanted to see her again. But on the witness
stand, the girl, who is 9 and being raised by foster parents in
Calvert, came across as sharp and poised, at one point politely
correcting a defense attorney for repeating his question.
"She's a beautiful girl," said Foley, the jury
foreman. "The prosecutors called her 'the miracle child.' It was
kind of over the top. But she really was."
Foley and two other jurors pointed to other
compelling evidence against Bowman, including the results of the
slain girls' autopsies and a recording played in court of Bowman
speaking to that they'd been wrapped up and placed inside a
"Who wrapped them up in the blanket?" Detective
Ronnie Naughton asked.
"I did," Bowman said, her voice starting to
"Who put them in the plastic bag?"
"Who put them in the freezer?"
"And who put the ice on them?"
In his closing argument, defense attorney Alan
Drew noted that Bowman told detectives that the children died by
causes other than asphyxiation: Minnet after she stopped eating
and Jasmine after she fell and hit her head.
In their deliberations, jurors quickly
concluded that Bowman was guilty of first-degree child abuse of
all three girls and first-degree murder of Jasmine, according to
three jurors interviewed.
The panel then deliberated whether to convict
Bowman of premeditated murder in the case of Minnet.
One compelling witness who pushed them to the
higher charge was Janet Buchmiller, Bowman's former cellmate in
the Calvert County jail, who said Bowman told her that she had
smothered two of her children with a pillow. "She told Buchmiller
the real secret," said juror Alex Roberts, 18. "She felt
comfortable telling her what really happened."
Prosecutors also described how police found a
lengthy printout of testimony from a D.C. child abuse case in
Bowman's house. Prosecutor John Maloney suggested that she was
preparing her defense should her crimes be discovered.
"Who has night reading of grand-jury testimony,
over an inch thick, from a D.C. child abuse case?" Maloney asked
jurors, holding up the document. "That's what she reads at
nighttime, down in Calvert County."
Cellmate says Md. woman
confessed to killing adopted girls
By Dan Morse - The Washington Times
February 19, 2010
A former prison cellmate of a woman accused of
killing two of her daughters and stuffing their bodies into a
freezer testified Thursday that the woman confessed to her she
suffocated them with a pillow.
"She smothered them," said Janet Buchmiller,
whose recollections about conversations in a tiny prison cell came
on the second day of Renee Bowman's murder trial in Montgomery
Bowman is accused of killing two girls she
adopted and beating a third. Prosecutors said she killed the two
in Montgomery County in either 2006 or 2007 and took the freezer
with her when she moved to Charles County and then Calvert County.
Buchmiller said that in the prison cell, Bowman
told her what she did with the bodies: "She set them in the
freezer and took the bike lock off the girls' bike and put it on
Prosecutors are building the case against
Bowman, 44, on several fronts. Among them, according to
prosecutors: In an interview with detectives, Bowman herself
described how she put the bodies in the freezer; Bowman's third
child, who escaped from her house by jumping out a window,
testified Wednesday that she saw Bowman choke her sisters and that
Bowman beat and choked her; and Bowman's fingerprints were found
on tape wrapped around one of the bodies in the freezer.
Buchmiller confirmed other parts of the
prosecution's case. She said Bowman told her that she had reversed
locks on a room in her house, which kept the three children
inside, and Bowman told her the children had to use a bucket for a
Under cross examination, one of Bowman's
attorneys, Alan Drew, worked to establish that Buchmiller was
motivated to try to improve her own standing with the system.
Buchmiller acknowledged that at one point, while incarcerated, she
met with law enforcement officers and said, "If I can get back in
there with her, I can get you more details."
But Buchmiller, 29, said she gained nothing
from sharing the information and served her full sentence in jail,
which stemmed from a sex-offense conviction.
In an interview after her testimony, she said
she is still haunted by the 10 or so days with Bowman inside the
cell, which she said was 6 feet by 4 feet.
She said she slept on a bed near the floor,
which partially went under Bowman's bed. In a cell that small, she
said, there's not much to do but talk.
"I know she's guilty," Buchmiller said. "She
never cried about her kids. There was no remorse."
She said she was glad she testified: "I want
there to be peace for those girls, all three of the girls."
9-Year-Old Says "Ex-Mom"
Renee Bowman Murdered Step-Sisters, Kept Bodies in Freezer
By Kealan Oliver - CBSNews.com
February 18, 2010
ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBS/AP) A 9-year-old
girl, holding her Valentine's Day teddy bear, testified Wednesday
against Renee Bowman, the woman she calls her "ex-mother" and her
Bowman is on trial in Montgomery County for the
deaths of her two adopted special needs daughters, Minnet Cecila
Bowman and Jasmine Nicole Bowman, whose bodies were found in a
freezer in her Lusby home in September of 2008.
The girl, who was 7 at the time, was found
half-naked and covered in blood after escaping from her home. She
came to court with her new foster parents, wearing a red dress and
holding a big white bear with a heart on it. She stood in the
witness stand and answered questions, with her "ex-mother" in the
The girl, who occasionally flashed a big smile
and waved at her foster parents, said she and her sisters were
kept in a locked room of the house where they lived in Rockville,
"There was a bucket where we went to the
bathroom because we weren't allowed out of the room," she said.
The girl said Bowman repeatedly beat her and
her sisters with a baseball bat and a shoe. She also stated she
was beaten the worst on "the back part and the front part," using
her teddy bear to demonstrate where she was hit. She pointed to
its backside and its crotch.
Never looking at her "ex-mother," the girl said
Bowman also choked her and her sisters. Montgomery County State's
Attorney John McCarthy asked how many times and she answered, "I
can't remember because she did it so often I couldn't keep track."
Officials say the two daughters, Jasmine and
Minnet, were killed more than three years ago. They would have
been 11 and 12 today.
Bowman moved from around Maryland. Prosecutors
say she brought a large freezer containing the bodies of Jasmine
and Minnet with her each time she moved and continued to receive
subsidies for all three children from the District of Columbia,
where the girls were adopted. The subsidies are given to parents
who adopt special-needs children from foster care.
The girl testified that her "ex-mother" told
her Jasmine and Minnet had gone to live with a friend. She said
Bowman told her that her sisters had said "that I was stupid and
dumb and they didn't want to see me anymore."
Defense attorney Alan Drew asked
the girl about the term "ex-mother."
"I just don't like calling her by her name,"
Drew didn't have an easy time cross-examining
the witness. When he repeated himself at one point, she told him:
"You already asked that." The courtroom erupted in laughter.
It's likely to be the last funny moment in a
gruesome trial. Bowman has already pleaded guilty to abusing the
surviving girl and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Adoptive mom accused of killing kids and
freezing bodies goes on trial in Md.
By Dan Morse - The Washington Post
February 18, 2010
At times sweet and always poised, a 9-year-old
girl mesmerized a Montgomery County courtroom Wednesday with the
harrowing story of life inside the home of Renee Bowman.
Bowman is accused of killing the girl's sisters
and stuffing their bodies into a freezer for more than a year in a
crime that stunned the region and cast a spotlight on D.C.'s child
welfare agency, which had allowed Bowman to adopt the three girls.
Seated in a witness chair 20 feet from Bowman
for 30 minutes, the girl testified publicly for the first time
about what she and her sisters endured.
How many times, a prosecutor asked, did Bowman
"I can't remember, because she did it so often
that I couldn't keep track."
"What would it do to you?"
"I couldn't breathe."
"I would faint."
The girl, who escaped by jumping out a
second-floor window about 17 months ago, testified in the first
day of Bowman's trial. Bowman is charged with killing two girls
and abusing the third.
The 9-year-old survivor, who is being raised by
foster parents in Calvert County, repeatedly referred to Bowman as
her "ex-mother." She paid little attention to Bowman, seated to
her left. Her eyes might have darted that way during cross
examination, but for the most part she looked at the lawyers while
Officials have guarded the girl's privacy as
she tries to start a new life with new parents.
She said she saw Bowman, who kept the three
girls locked inside a room, choke her two sisters: Minnet, who
would be 12 now, and Jasmine, who would be 11. Detectives never
learned exactly when they died but said it happened when the
family lived in Rockville in 2006 or 2007, before Bowman moved to
Charles County and then Calvert. The girls died of asphyxiation,
according to their autopsies.
The surviving girl, wearing glasses and a
bright red dress, said Bowman beat her with a bat and a white
shoe. On the witness stand, she held a white teddy bear and
pointed to places on the bear to show where she said Bowman beat
Montgomery County State's Attorney John
McCarthy sat down while the girl testified, doing so in a way that
the child didn't have to look in Bowman's direction. McCarthy
asked what the girls did inside the locked room if they had to go
to the bathroom.
"Used the bucket," the girl said.
"Used the bucket. . . . Can you explain to
these people, what did you mean by 'used the bucket?' "
"There was a bucket where we went to the
bathroom because we weren't allowed out of the room to use the
As wrenching as her testimony was, it was also
interjected with comments that came across as charming -- her new
foster father had bought her the teddy bear for Valentine's Day --
and funny. Even the judge, Michael J. Algeo, laughed at some
At one point, McCarthy tried to make her
comfortable by asking her about books.
"How much do you read?"
When McCarthy asked her to speak up, he did so
by telling her to use the voice she would use to call out to her
mother. The girl looked at her new foster parent, who was in the
front row of the courtroom, and smiled and waved.
"Hi, Mommy!" she yelled out.
Bowman, 44, sat calmly through much of
Wednesday's proceedings showing little expression.
During opening statements in the morning,
McCarthy said Bowman tortured all three children, yet was actively
trying to adopt more and wanted a son.
After her arrest, Bowman told investigators
that she smothered the two girls, McCarthy said.
"She stuffed them into this freezer," McCarthy
said, as an image of a freezer was projected for jurors. The
girls' bodies were stuffed into a chest-type freezer, which has a
door on top.
Another photo projected for jurors showed an
image after the freezer door was lifted. Jurors could see what
looked to be a toe, coming through a dark, plastic garbage bag,
surrounded by cubed ice. "We are actually looking at the body of
Jasmine Bowman," McCarthy said.
McCarthy played to jurors an audiotape of
Bowman's interview with Calvert detectives.
"The first one, the oldest one, was wrapped in
a blanket, with ice thrown on top," Bowman told the detectives in
The second child "was probably wrapped up in a
trash bag, a green trash bag," Bowman said.
McCarthy also read an e-mail Bowman had written
to a friend while the family lived in Rockville.
"The girls, well, they're being themselves.
They hate for me to be home, because I'm like the warden in the
movie, the Green Mile, the guard used to walk the corridor and
say, 'Dead man walking.' I do that when they're about to get in
trouble. They hate it. Hahaha."
In his opening statement, defense attorney Ron
Gottlieb spoke for about five minutes and didn't offer a specific
alternative version of events. But he said there was more to the
case than what McCarthy had said and implored jurors to keep an
"There is not enough evidence to convict Renee
Bowman of first-degree murder," Gottlieb said.
2 Maryland Girls Found in
Freezer Had Signs of Previous Abuse, Court Papers Say
By Dan Morse - The Washington Post
July 2, 2009
The bodies of two girls found in a freezer in
Maryland showed signs of abuse before their deaths, with one
having suffered broken bones in her hand and arms, according to
documents filed in circuit court yesterday.
The body of the other girl showed lacerations
on her scalp, according to the documents, written by a Montgomery
County homicide detective to support murder and child abuse
charges against Renee D. Bowman. The girls' surviving sister told
detectives that she and her siblings were beaten and choked by
Bowman, who kept them locked in their room and forced them to use
a bucket when they had to go to the bathroom, according to the
Bowman, who adopted the three children in the
District, has been in jail since fall. She is accused of killing
the two girls in Montgomery, and then moving, with them in the
freezer, to Southern Maryland. The Maryland Office of the Chief
Medical Examiner determined that the girls died of asphyxiation.
The case against Bowman began in September,
when a 7-year-old girl was found wandering in a neighborhood in
Calvert County, about 60 miles southeast of Washington. Detectives
searched her house and discovered the two bodies, encased in ice,
in a freezer. The bodies were later identified as those of Minnet
C. Bowman, who would have been 11 at the time of the discovery,
and Jasmine N. Bowman, who would have been 9, according to
Calvert authorities charged Bowman with
attempted murder and other offenses in connection with the girl
found wandering in the neighborhood. Bowman's trial in that matter
is set for September.
Since the discovery of the bodies, detectives
in Montgomery have been looking at Bowman's actions when she lived
in Rockville. The statement of charges filed yesterday, signed by
homicide detective Patrick McNerney, are part of the case against
her in Montgomery.
In 2006, Bowman had a live-in boyfriend in
Rockville. He later told detectives that Minnet and Jasmine had
gone missing that year, according to the charging documents. When
the boyfriend asked Bowman where they'd gone, she told him they
were living in another state with a friend, the documents say.
When the boyfriend continued to ask, "he would be berated by"
Bowman, according to the documents.
Bowman's attorney, Dorothy Gardner-Hodge, did
not immediately respond to a phone call to her office yesterday
evening. In the past, she has declined to discuss the case.
Details Emerge in Case of
Calvert Woman Accused of Killing Adopted Daughters
By Matt Zapotosky - The Washington Post
June 6, 2009
The Calvert County woman accused of killing her
two adopted daughters and storing their bodies in a freezer
initially told investigators the girls were alive and well, living
with a relative in Virginia, a detective said in court yesterday.
But Renee D. Bowman soon changed her story, the
detective said, saying one of the girls, Minnet, died two years
earlier after refusing to eat. She said she wrapped Minnet's body
in a blanket and bundled it with duct tape, the detective said.
Bowman, 43, is also charged with the attempted
murder of her surviving adopted daughter, now 8. Authorities have
said that the girl had infected sores and lesions, injuries to her
feet and knees, and ligature marks and extensive scarring on her
neck. After she escaped from Bowman's Lusby home in September,
authorities investigated and found the bodies of her sisters.
At a hearing to determine what evidence would
be admissible in the attempted murder case, Sgt. Ronald Naughton
of the Calvert sheriff's office described portions of a Sept. 27
interview with Bowman.
He said Bowman told him she placed Minnet's
body in a freezer. He did not say what happened to the other girl
who was killed, Jasmine Nicole, but sources familiar with the case
have said Bowman told detectives she died after a fall.
Bowman is charged with two counts of
first-degree murder in Montgomery County, where the killings are
thought to have occurred. Minnet would have been 11, and Jasmine
Nicole would have been 9. Bowman was living in the Aspen Hill area
when the girls were killed. Detectives believe they died of
Bowman had been a foster parent to each of the
three girls and received $2,400 a month from a program that
encourages adoption of children who are wards of the state.
In court yesterday, after a lengthy
conversation at the bench of Judge Marjorie L. Clagett, Bowman
waived her right to appear. She was returned to jail.
Clagett ultimately ruled that all of Bowman's
statements to police would be admissible, as would items seized
during the execution of two search warrants. Those items included
shoes, a shower curtain and a bar of soap that had been stained
with blood. Clagett also rejected a defense request that the trial
be moved to another county because of pretrial publicity.
Md. Woman Is Charged In
Deaths Of 2 Girls
By Dan Morse - The Washington Post
March 30, 2009
Montgomery police have obtained a warrant
charging Renee Bowman with murder in the slayings of two adopted
children whose bodies were found in her Southern Maryland freezer
last year, the county's state's attorney and police said
Bowman, who has been in the Calvert County jail
since September, probably will be served with a copy of the
charging documents this week, said John McCarthy, the state's
attorney. Detectives think that Bowman killed the girls in May
2006 when she was leasing a home in the Aspen Hill area and that
the girls died of asphyxiation, McCarthy said.
Bowman, 43, came to the attention of law
enforcement last year, when the girls' 7-year-old sister jumped
out of a bedroom window of Bowman's home in Lusby and was spotted
by a neighbor. She was infected with sores and lesions and had
injuries on her feet and knees, ligature marks and extensive
scarring on her neck.
Calvert authorities charged Bowman with
attempted murder of the 7-year-old and child abuse and have been
holding her in the county jail since then.
When investigators searched
Bowman's home, they found the two bodies in the freezer. They were
later identified as those of Jasmine Nicole Bowman, who would be
about 9, and Minnet C. Bowman, who would be about 11.
Bowman told authorities that one of the girls
died of starvation and that the other died after a fall, law
enforcement sources have said. Montgomery police have said they
long suspected the slayings took place in their jurisdiction.
The warrant charges Bowman with two counts of
first-degree murder, two counts of child abuse resulting in death
and one count of child abuse relating to the surviving girl.
Investigators said they think she kept the bodies in the freezer
for at least a year while she moved from Montgomery to Charles
County to Calvert.
With Bowman locked up, detectives had more time
to investigate before placing charges, said Lt. Paul Starks, a
Montgomery police spokesman. The investigation involved
coordinating efforts among four agencies in Montgomery and
Calvert, he said.
Investigators have determined that while in
Montgomery, Bowman beat all three children, Starks said. At times,
she kept her children in a locked room, forcing them to urinate in
a bucket, he said.
Bowman will first face charges in Calvert. In
October, she was indicted there on attempted murder and other
charges in the alleged abuse of her surviving daughter, according
to court records. She is scheduled to be tried Sept. 28.
Her attorney, Dorothy Gardner-Hodge, could not
be reached yesterday.
The surviving girl, now 8, was hospitalized for
several days after fleeing her mother's home. She then moved in
with a foster family in Calvert, where officials said this year
she was safe and doing well.
After the criminal charges in Calvert are
resolved, Bowman will be brought to Montgomery to face the murder
charges, McCarthy said.
The case has heightened concerns about child
welfare services in the District. Bowman, who had been a foster
parent to each of the three girls, received $2,400 a month from a
program that encourages adoption of children who are wards of the
The city's Child and Family Services Agency
recommended Bowman as a suitable adoptive parent, even though she
had filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001, the year she adopted
one child, and had just emerged from it in 2004, when she adopted
At times while the bodies were in the freezer,
Bowman sat at her computer and went shopping for clothes. She
considered faux-fur cropped jackets and bought a pair of
inexpensive ones on eBay. She also bought a gold ring with fake
diamonds shaped into a heart for $27.01 and a gold bracelet that
said "I Love You" for $36.
Two Sisters Found in Mother's
Freezer Had Been Asphyxiated
By Aaron C. Davis - The Washington Post
December 18, 2008
The two girls found in September in a freezer
in their mother's home in Calvert County died from asphyxiation,
according to a ruling by the Maryland medical examiner's office,
authorities said yesterday.
The girls' mother, Renee Bowman, has told
investigators that one of the girls died of starvation and that
the other died after a fall, law enforcement sources have said.
Investigators think the bodies probably were in the freezer for at
least a year as Bowman, 43, moved from Montgomery County to
Charles County to Calvert.
Montgomery police announced the medical
examiner's finding but declined to say how the girls were
"Hopefully, that's something we can come out
with at some point," said Melanie Brenner, a Montgomery police
spokeswoman. Detectives from Montgomery and Calvert continue to
investigate the homicides, she said.
The girls' bodies were found Sept. 27 after
their 7-year-old sister, who was covered in bruises, was found
wandering near Bowman's Lusby home. Bowman was indicted in October
on attempted first-degree murder, child abuse and other charges
related to that girl, the youngest of her three daughters.
Bowman is a suspect in the homicides of the
other two girls but has not been charged in their deaths.
The girls' bodies have been identified as those
of Bowman's adopted daughters Jasmine Nicole Bowman, who would
have been 9, and Minnet Cecila Bowman, who would have been 11. A
family acquaintance helped provide tentative IDs in October.
Brenner said positive scientific identifications have since been
made using comparative DNA testing.
One sample used to make the identification came
from the 7-year-old, a sister of one of the victims, according to
a source close to the investigation. The other came from the birth
mother of one of the two girls, said the source, speaking on
condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.
The case has heightened concerns about child
welfare services in the District, where the adoptions took place.
Bowman, who had been a foster parent to each of the three girls,
received $2,400 a month from a federal program that encourages
adoption of children who are wards of the state.