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November 21, 2012

Police: Abuse of child caused multiple seizures

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Rockingham County Attorney James Reams announced yesterday a Plaistow man will be charged with burning a 3-year-old boy’s wrist and fingers, and striking him in the head, causing a serious brain injury and seizures.

Roland Dow of Plaistow, 27, remained on the loose, as did his live-in girlfriend and the boy’s mother, Jessica Linscott, 23.

Reams held a press conference outside the county courthouse to appeal for the public’s help in finding the couple. He also announced the charges against Dow have been elevated.

Reams said there’s no question the couple will be captured and charged.

“The question is when and where,” he said.

Dow faces to 10 to 30 years in state prison on single charges of first- and second-degree assault for allegedly burning the boy and hitting him in the head, Reams said.

Dow also will be charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child for failing to seek medical care for the child. Those counts are misdemeanors, punishable by up to a year in jail for each.

Police complaints released yesterday allege that Dow did not get help for the boy when he began suffering seizures on at least five occasions. Reams said he could not discuss how the abuse was inflicted.

Linscott faces six child endangerment charges for failing to protect her young son, who is now in state custody and recovering from his injuries.

Plaistow police received a call a week ago 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 the case.

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

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