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August 15, 2013

Indictment: Dow dropped boy on his head

BRENTWOOD — A new felony assault charge brought against a Plaistow man alleges he dropped his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son on his head, impairing the child’s vision.

Roland Dow, 27, was recently indicted on the first-degree assault charge by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury. The indictments were made public Tuesday.

Dow was previously indicted on charges that he hit the 3-year-old boy and burned his fingers in November before fleeing with the child’s mother, Jessica Linscott, to Florida. They were arrested two weeks later at Universal Studios.

The boy, now 4, also suffered seizures and was hospitalized for several weeks. Dow also faces two second-degree assault charges and five child endangerment charges in connection with the beatings.

Rockingham County Attorney James Reams said yesterday the charge replaces an earlier first-degree assault indictment but did not elaborate.

Dow, held at the county jail on $500,000 bail, faces up to 95 years in state prison if convicted.

Linscott, 24, pleaded guilty in July to failing to protect her son from abuse.

She is serving 2 1/2 to 7 years in prison. She is expected to testify at Dow’s trial in September, according to Deputy County Attorney Thomas Reid.

The couple were also charged with witness tampering and wiretapping after police found they secretly recorded a home visit by a representative from the state Division of Children, Youth and Families in October.

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