Couple arrested for beating and burning 3-year-old boy

Jessica Linscott and Roland Dow 
By: Devansh Dutt 

(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested for beating and burning the woman’s 3-year-old son, according to police reports.

Moments after viewing a parade at a theme park in Orlando, Florida, the New Hampshire couple suspected of beating and burning the woman’s 3-year-old son was arrested.

Jessica Linscott and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, were arrested Wednesday night, at Universal Studios, U.S. Marshals said.

"I find it very sad that these two were located in an area designed to bring joy and happiness to children," U.S. Marshal David L. Cargill Jr. said.

Linscott, 23, and Dow, 27, had been on the run for two weeks after the arrest warrants were signed against them in New Hampshire. They were wanted for allegedly causing serious injuries to the boy’s head and burned the boy of Linscott.

Police had received a call two weeks ago from Exeter Hospital in Exeter, New Hampshire, where the boy was being treated. He was later taken to Children's Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was recovering from surgery.

Tips helped locate the couple, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said.

"We felt very confident 24 hours ago that we were going to have them soon," Reams said.Police officers spent many hours trying to find Linscott and Dow, who are from Plaistow, a town of about 8,000 people in Rockingham County, marshals said.

Marshals said they looked for the couple all day Wednesday and late in the day found them while a crowd dissolved after the parade. They were headed back to the area theme park attractions, said David Charles, deputy criminal investigator for the U.S. Marshals in Orlando.

"They were totally surprised," he said. "They had no idea."

Linscott is accused of failing to get medical attention for her son when he suffered seizures from a head injury and did not protect him from harm. She is charged with multiple counts of child neglect.

Dow is charged with assault. Police said he hit him in the head hard enough to cause a traumatic brain injury. He is also accused of burning the child's fingers and wrist. Police also have accused him of multiple counts of child neglect.

The couple said that the injuries were self-inflicted, but the doctors rejected their claims. Police said the child's condition is improving, but his recovery will be long and difficult.



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