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Saturday, September 12, 2009

CRIME

Woman Pleads Guilty To Abuse of Daughter

A Calvert County woman accused of killing two of her adopted daughters and stuffing their bodies into a freezer pleaded guilty Friday to abusing a third daughter.

Renee Bowman, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree child abuse stemming from eight months of harm inflicted on her 7-year-old daughter, authorities said. The girl was found wandering her neighborhood in Lusby last September. She told police she had jumped out of a window of her locked bedroom.

Laura Martin, Calvert County's state's attorney, said she will seek a 25-year term for Bowman at a December sentencing hearing, which is the maximum for the child abuse charge.

Last year, Bowman admitted beating the child with a "hard-heeled shoe," Calvert authorities have said. She also faces murder charges in Montgomery County related to the deaths of her two older daughters. A trial is scheduled for Nov. 9, according to court records.

The county's top prosecutor, John McCarthy, said he doesn't expect an insanity defense because the deadline for that has passed.

-- Dan Morse

Man Admits Killing Stepdaughter, 12

A D.C. man pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to second-degree murder in the 2008 killing of his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

Felipe Caceres, 46, stood before Judge Frederick H. Weisberg and pleaded guilty in the July 29, 2008, slaying of Marisol Caceres in their apartment in the unit block of Hawaii Avenue NE. They lived there with Marisol's mother, her two older siblings and her 1-year-old nephew.

Marisol was found partially clothed on the living room floor with a plastic bag over her head that had been knotted at the base. There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment.


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