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November 25, 2012

UPDATE: Case of mistaken identity in Beverly

UPDATE: Beverly police do not have Roland Dow of Plaistow, 27, or his live-in girlfriend, Jessica Linscott, 23, in custody. The search last night turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

This story is still developing, check back later for more information.

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BEVERLY — Late last night, Beverly police searched a home at 18 Dunham Road for Roland Dow of Plaistow, 27, and his live-in girlfriend, Jessica Linscott, 23, who face charges in the abuse of her young son.

They also read a BOLO over the scanner, asking for people to "be on the lookout" for a blue Dodge Caravan minivan with New Hampshire plates as well as a gray Honda with Massachusetts plates in connection with the couple.

Dow and Linscott, on the run for nearly a week, have been spotted all over the North Shore.

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams announced Wednesday that Dow will be charged with first- and second-degree assault for allegedly burning the little boy’s wrist and fingers, and striking him in the head, causing a serious brain injury and seizures. Each of the two charges is punishable by 10 to 30 years in state prison.

Dow also will be charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child for failing to seek medical care for the child. Linscott faces six child endangerment charges for failing to protect her son, who is in state custody and recovering from his injuries. Each of those charges is punishable by up to a year in jail.

The saga began last week when Plaistow police received a call from Exeter Hospital, saying a little boy was dropped off with serious head injuries, massive bruises and burns. The couple told doctors the injuries were self-inflicted, but doctors concluded that was not true.

The child was transferred to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, where he has been in stable condition and showing improvement, Reams said.

Anyone with information about the couple is asked to call 911, the U.S. Marshal’s Office at 603-225-1632 or Plaistow police at 603-382-6816.

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