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December 17, 2012

Dow pleads not guilty to beating boy

BRENTWOOD — A Plaistow man pleaded not guilty yesterday to beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.

Roland Dow, 27, was arraigned in Rockingham Superior Court on charges he burned the little boy’s wrist and fingers and hit him, causing a brain injury that led to seizures. The child’s mother, 23-year-old Jessica Linscott of Plaistow, has been charged with failing to protect her son.

Dow pleaded not guilty before Judge Marguerite Wageling, who continued his $500,000 bail, according to Rockingham County Attorney James Reams.

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

Linscott was charged with six misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The couple were recently indicted by a grand jury. Both are being held in the county jail.

Dow and Linscott were arrested at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., following a two-week manhunt.

The couple hid out in Haverhill before traveling to Boston.

From there, they took a bus to New York and then a train to Florida. Both waived extradition and returned to New Hampshire.

Linscott and Dow are accused of abandoning the child at Exeter Hospital on Nov. 16.

He was taken to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon with multiple injuries.

The boy was released from the hospital after nearly three weeks of treatment and is staying with relatives.

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