EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 5, 2012

Beaten Plaistow boy released from hospital

Donated toys continue to pour in

By Doug Ireland
direland@eagletribune.com

---- — PLAISTOW — A badly beaten 3-year-old boy has been released from the hospital and able to enjoy the numerous toys donated for him, police said yesterday.

James Nicholson is staying with relatives following his release from Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, where he had been recovering for nearly three weeks from burns and beatings allegedly inflicted by his mother’s live-in boyfriend, 27-year-old Roland Dow of Plaistow.

Dow is charged with burning the child’s wrist and fingers, and striking him, causing serious brain injuries that led to seizures. He also temporarily lost his sight.

The little boy’s mother, 23-year-old Jessica Linscott, has been charged with failing to protect her son from Dow. Both were arraigned Monday in 10th Circuit Court in Plaistow.

The couple is charged with abandoning the child at Exeter Hospital on Nov. 16 and then hiding from authorities in Haverhill, before taking a bus from bus to Boston to New York and then traveling to Florida. They were arrested at Universal Studios theme park in Orlando on Nov. 28 and returned to New Hampshire last weekend.

Plaistow Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones said relatives of the boy are extremely grateful for the support and toys James has received from the public.

“We have a huge, huge pile, she said. “We did get a generous amount of toys and more are coming in.

Toys can continue to be dropped off at the Plaistow Police Department, Jones said. A fund is being established for financial donations, she said.

Dow is being held at the county jail on $500,000 cash bail and Linscott on $100,000 cash bail. Neither is expected to be able to post bail.

Dow faces 10 to 30 years in prison on single counts each of felonious first- and second-degree assault. He also faces five misdemeanor counts of child endangerment for failing to seek medical care. Linscott faces six child endangerment counts.