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November 29, 2012

Child beating suspects visiting Universal Studios

The two had just come from watching a parade at Universal Studios

The nationwide manhunt for a Plaistow couple sought on child abuse charges for the beating and burning of a three-year-old boy ended in Orlando, Fla., yesterday when U.S. Marshals captured them in a theme park that caters to kids.

But Rockingham County Attorney James Reams hinted last night that police may soon be in pursuit of any family members and friends who helped fugitives Roland Dow, 27, and his live-in girlfriend Jessica Linscott, 23 – the boy’s mother – elude police and flee to Florida.

“Depending on where the evidence takes us, there could be some additional people charged,” Reams said in an inteview last night. “If anybody did assist them, we are going to look very hard at filing charges.”

Reams declined comment on whether investigators have evidence that family members and friends assisted the couple during their time on the run. Plaistow police have complained previously about a lack of cooperation from both families in their investigation and the manhunt.

The couple have been on the run since Nov. 13 when arrest warrants were issued for them in connection with their alleged involvement in the abuse of Linscott’s son.

That’s after 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.

Reams said last week 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, 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. 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.

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