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March 7, 2013

Linscott, Dow to face witness tampering charges

Judge rules beating suspect cannot call or visit her son


The couple agreed to surrender to police, but hid in Haverhill. Then they went to Boston, took a bus to New York and a train to Florida.

Dow and Linscott were on the run for two weeks before being apprehended at Universal Studios in Orlando.

Campbell told Wageling her client had changed for the better since her arrest. Linscott, an inmate at the Strafford County jail in Dover, is being held on $100,000 cash bail. She is taking classes and is determined to improve her life, Campbell said.

Campbell said Linscott had a black eye when she was arrested, indicating she was beaten by Dow.

“She is not the same person that she was in that relationship,” Campbell said. “She’s 100 percent invested in turning her life around.”

Supervised contact with the child should be allowed, Campbell said.

Zaino disagreed.

“She has demonstrated previously an attempt to coerce this child,” he said, referring to the video tape from October.

Zaino said the couple coached the boy for at least 20 minutes, telling him what he should and should not tell the DCYF worker. The conversation focused on what to say about getting bloody noses and whether he was spanked, Zaino said.

After the hearing, Zaino told reporters there was no timetable for when the witness-tampering charges could be filed against the couple. He and Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid also would not say how James is doing now and whether Linscott would testify against Dow when his trial starts April 29.

If convicted on the two counts of witness tampering, Linscott could be incarcerated in state prison for three and a half to seven years on each charge.

Linscott currently faces six misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Each charge is punishable by up to a year in jail.

Dow faces a first-degree assault charge and two charges of second-degree assault. Each charge carries a potential 30-year prison sentence and the possibility of a fine up to $4,000.

Dow, held at the county jail on $500,000 cash bail, also faces five charges for endangering the welfare of a child. Each charge comes with a one-year maximum sentence and up to a $1,000 fine.

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