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December 3, 2012

Child abuse suspect could face more charges

Abuse suspects have little to say in court

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Dow already faces 10 to 30 years in prison on charges of felonious first- and second-degree assault. He also faces five counts of child endangerment for failing to seek medical care. Each of the misdemeanor counts is punishable by up to a year in jail. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Monday.

“We have some troubling facts that are part of this investigation,” Zaino told DeVries.

Dow and Linscott were captured Wednesday at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., following a two-week manhunt. The couple hid out in Haverhill before traveling to Boston, from where they took a bus to New York, Zaino said. They then took a train to Florida, he said.

Both waived extradition and returned to New Hampshire over the weekend.

Linscott and Dow are accused of abandoning James at Exeter Hospital on Nov. 16. From there, he was taken to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon with multiple injuries, including temporary blindness.

The couple has maintained the boy’s injuries were self-inflicted. Zaino said his office was provided videos to prove the child hurt himself, but they were not credible.

“It was pretty unanimous these were not self-inflicted injuries,” Zaino said.

He told reporters after the arraignments the boy’s medical condition was “status quo,” referring all questions about the case to Rockingham County Attorney James Reams. The child is in state custody.

Reams confirmed that Dow could face more charges.

Zaino did not say in court if Linscott could face additional charges, but Reams said it “totally depends on evidence.”

“We are reviewing the reports now and will make decisions after all evidence is gathered and reviewed,” Reams said.

Linscott now faces six misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. Her probable causing hearing is set for Dec. 20

None of Dow’s or Linscott’s family members attended the arraignments. Later yesterday, no one answered the door at Nault’s Newton home.

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