updated 10/3/2008 11:56:36 AM ET 2008-10-03T15:56:36

Maryland's social services agency investigated a neglect complaint in January at the home of a woman now suspected of killing and freezing two of her adopted daughters, the agency said Friday.

The Department of Human Resources had said it had no contact with Renee Bowman, who is jailed on charges she severely abused a third adopted daughter, who is 7 years old.

Officials say they've since learned that Bowman was using a fictitious name while living in Charles County, Maryland. The department says it received an anonymous call about one child. A caseworker who visited Bowman's home reported the child appeared to be in good health.

Authorities discovered what they think are the bodies of the two girls in Bowman's home in Calvert County on Saturday.

Police in southern Maryland say the girls' bodies may have been moved several times.

Their remains were found when authorities searched the house after a third child was found wandering the streets, injured, filthy and hungry.

Bowman adopted all three children in Washington, D.C., where the city's social services agency has been under fire for lax oversight.

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