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December 2, 2012

Abuse suspects return to N.H.

The couple wanted in connection with a child abuse case in Plaistow two weeks ago has been returned to New Hampshire.

U.S. Marshals caught Jessica Linscott, 23, and Roland Dow, 27, both of Plaistow, last week in Orlando, Florida, where they were hiding out.

Linscott and Dow were brought back separately to New Hampshire yesterday by U.S. Marshals and turned over to Rockingham County authorities. The child abuse suspects, who triggered a manhunt prior to their capture Wednesday at an Orlando theme park parade, waived extradition in a Florida court hearing Thursday.

Dow is accused of burning and beating Linscott’s 3-year-old son, James. Linscott faces child endangerment charges.

They had been on the run for two weeks prior to authorities catching up to them Wednesday at Universal Studios in Orlando. They had made stops in New York and New Jersey. Investigators are looking into whether the two had help eluding police. The boy remains at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, recovering from burns, head and brain injuries. Plaistow police Chief Stephen Savage said Thursday he had heard the child’s vision had been restored, but he did not know to what extent.

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