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Woman guilty of murdering children found in freezer

US woman, Renee Bowman, was convicted today of murdering two of her adopted daughters whose bodies were found in a freezer in her home.

Bowman, 44, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree child abuse. The freezer containing the two bodies was found at her home in Lusby in the US state of Maryland in September 2008 after a third girl escaped.

Bowman had already pleaded guilty to abusing the surviving girl, also adopted, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in that case. The girl, now nine and living with new foster parents, testified in the murder trial last week.

Bowman showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 22. Prosecutors said they would ask for life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Authorities said the older girls, Jasmine and Minnet, were killed more than three years ago, but they don't know exactly when. Minnet would have been 12, and Jasmine would have turned 11 last week.

Bowman moved three times over three years and prosecutors said she took a large freezer containing the children's bodies with her each time she moved.

The surviving daughter, clutching a Valentine's Day teddy bear, testified last week against Bowman, whom she called her "ex-mother". When she was seven, the girl was found half-naked and covered in blood after escaping from the Bowman home. Afterward, authorities found the frozen bodies.

Bowman 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.

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