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June 13, 2014

Boy's mom testifies in Plaistow abuse trial


“I know that it was wrong, and that I’m in the wrong,” she cried.

Linscott also admitted spanking James, saying if she didn’t, Dow would do it “and it would be a lot worse.”

Dow’s defense attorneys say Linscott has a history of falsely accusing others of when she feels threatened.

Linscott said she was afraid to take her son and leave because Dow had hit her, ripped out her hair, repeatedly choked her and once threw her down the stairs. While she did leave for three days when he threatened to slit her throat, she said she returned after he said he would kill himself.

Jurors also watched a video of the couple preparing James for a social worker’s visit in October 2012. The video, shot from under a couch, doesn’t clearly Dow, Linscott or the boy, but their voices could be heard.

Dow is heard asking James, “Do you like being here?” ‘‘Anybody ever spank you?” and “Ever go in the shower when you’re really bad?” and the boy answers softly, ‘yeah,’ ‘no’ and ‘no.’

After asking, “If someone said I hit you, are they lying?” Dow answers himself with a stern “Yes.”

At one point, Dow says, “Hey, give me a hug. We’re best friends, right?”

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