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November 19, 2012

Police: Couple sought after boy burned and bruised

PLAISTOW — Police are looking for a young couple who face charges in connection with a 3-year-old boy, who suffered severe burns and bruises.

Roland Dow, 27, and Jessica Linscott, 23, of 197 Main St., the child's mother, have been charged with child endangerment and neglect, according to police Lt. William Baldwin. They may face additional charges of assault, he said.

Last Wednesday, police received a call from Exeter Hospital that a child with significant head injuries was admitted there, Baldwin said.

The boy suffered massive bruises and burns, Baldwin said. He said the child is now at Lebanon Hitchcock Children's Hospital.

"It was deplorable, beyond belief," he said.

Linscott and Dow told police the injuries were self-inflicted, but doctors rejected that claim, Baldwin said. On Friday, Plaistow police obtained arrest warrants for the couple.

They said they would surrender to police yesterday, but that didn't happen, Baldwin said.

"They are being hidden by someone," Baldwin said.

Neither Dow nor Linscott has a vehicle, he said. He noted some people have expressed concerns that Dow might harm Linscott. That, however, does not excuse her failure to cooperate with police, he said.

U.S. Marshals, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and Newton police are helping Plaistow investigators find the couple, Baldwin said.

Anyone with information about the location of Linscott and Dow is asked to call 911, their local police department or Plaistow police at 603-382-6816.

The boy's condition is improving, but his road to recovery will be long and difficult, Baldwin said. Someone "has to act on behalf of the child," he said.

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