Rockingham County, NH, United States (4E) – Authorities are searching for a mother and her live-in boyfriend from New Hampshire who allegedly maltreated her 3-year-old son.
Police said Wednesday that Jessica Linscott and 27-year-old Roland Dow have been evading authorities, and confirmed that Dow’s charges has been upgraded. He is now facing first- and second-degree assault charges due to the injuries suffered by the boy named James.
The boyfriend is suspected of severely beating James, causing a brain injury, and burning the boy’s wrists and fingers.
Both Dow and Linscott face multiple misdemeanors for failing to protect the child or to seek medical care because of seizures and symptoms linked to the assault.
The couple brought James at Exeter Hospital, saying he suffered from “self-inflicted” injuries but police rejected the claim because of the boy’s critical condition as he was bruised and burned with signs of head trauma.
According to reports, the boy is improving, but still in serious condition.
An alert was issued in Lynn by authorities on Wednesday night after sightings of the couple at Honey Dew Donuts on Western Avenue but they were not in the establishment when police arrived.
Police making routine traffic stops in Haverville, where Dow has relatives, were also on the look-out for the pair. They continued to ask questions and showing people photos of the missing couple.
The couple is believed to be together, staying in the area and possibly using a vehicle. Several leads on the couple’s whereabouts have been received by police.
At Wednesday’s news conference, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, who revealed the child abuse occurred several times over a one-month period, said “We’re going to find you, so surrender yourself and let’s do this the easy way.”