November 20, 2012

NH couple sought in injuries to 3-year-old boy

'We cannot fathom for the life of us why someone could put a child through this.'

The Associated Press

PLAISTOW, N.H. — Police are looking for a New Hampshire couple suspected of inflicting burns and bruises on a 3-year-old boy.

Police in Plaistow received a call last week from Exeter Hospital that a child with significant head injuries was admitted there. The boy was later taken to Children's Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, where he is recovering after surgery.

Police said the child's vision is impaired. Police Lt. William Baldwin said the boy's condition is improving, but his recovery will be long and difficult.

He called the child's injuries disturbing. "We cannot fathom for the life of us why someone could put a child through this," he said

Baldwin said the boy's mother, 23-year-old Jessica Linscott and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Roland Dow, told police over the phone the injuries were self-inflicted, but doctors rejected that. The couple said they would go to the police on Monday, but Baldwin said that didn't happen. Police believe someone is hiding them.

Arrest warrants are out charging the couple with child endangerment and neglect.

U.S. Marshals, the Rockingham County Sheriff's Department and Newton police are helping investigators.

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