EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

July 17, 2013

Plaistow mother pleads guilty in abuse case

BRENTWOOD — A Plaistow mother is serving a two-and-a-half- to seven-year prison sentence after suddenly agreeing to plead guilty to charges she failed to protect her young son from abuse.

Jessica Linscott, 24, and her attorney told Rockingham Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling yesterday that she wanted to take responsibility for what happened to her 3-year-old son, according to Deputy County Attorney Thomas Reid.

Linscott pleaded guilty to a felony witness tampering charge and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Reid said. The guilty plea Tuesday was not expected, he said. Linscott's trial was scheduled to begin July 29.

Linscott's boyfriend, Roland Dow, 27, of Plaistow, has been charged with abusing the child, who is now 4. Dow allegedly assaulted the boy and burned his wrist and fingers.

Linscott is expected to testify against Dow at his trial in September, Reid said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Photos of the Week