Freezer Victims Asphyxiated: Medical Examiner

ME releases cause of death

Two adopted children whose bodies were found in their mother's freezer died of asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner.

The bodies of Jasmine Nicole Bowman, 9, and Minnet Cecila Bowman, 11, were found in the basement freezer of Renee Bowman's Lusby, Md., home in September as part of a child abuse investigation.

Their deaths are being investigated as homicides.  While the bodies were found in Calvert County, detectives believe the deaths occurred in Montgomery County.  Detectives have confirmed that Renee Bowman lived in Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Charles County and Calvert County, as well as in Washington, D.C. 

Bowman was indicted in October on attempted murder charges in the alleged abuse of her surviving daughter.

Court records show that a Calvert County grand jury indicted Bowman, 43, on attempted murder and child abuse charges.

Detective Sgt. Michael Moore, of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, told the Washington Post that the severity of the 8-year-old girl's injuries were part of the reason for the more serious charges in the indictment.

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