Boston, MA – After two weeks on the run, a couple wanted by police for the alleged beating and burning of a 3-year-old boy have been apprehended at a Florida theme park.
Earlier this month, arrest warrants were issued for 23-year-old Jessica Linscott and 27-year-old Roland Dow, after Linscott’s 3-year-old son was dropped of at Exeter Hospital suffering from head trauma and burns to his arms.
The couple stated that his injuries were self-inflicted, but doctor’s determined the boy had been abused and contacted police. Authorities gave the couple the option of turning themselves in, but they took the opportunity to go on the run.
It took investigators two weeks, but after countless hours searching combined with tips from the community, the couple were finally located at Universal Studios in Orlando. Marshals spent all day Wednesday in the park searching for the couple, finally finding them at the end of the day just as they had finished watching a parade.
Linscott and Dow were booked into the Orange County Jail, and are being held pending their arraignment on fugitive from justice charges in Florida. If they waive extradition, authorities from New Hampshire will pick them up and bring them back to face charges there.
U.S. Marshal David L. Cargill Jr. thanked the public for the help needed to find the couple, saying he found it sad that the couple were found in an area “designed to bring joy and happiness to children.”
Linscott is facing multiple child endangerment charges after police say she failed to get medical attention for her son when he was suffering seizures from his head injuries and failing to protect him from harm. Dow is facing assault and child endangerment charges, accused of hitting the boy in the head so hard that it caused traumatic brain injury and burning the child’s fingers and wrist.
Police have said the boy’s condition is improving but that his recovery will be long and difficult. The boy’s grandmother said he’s already had a second brain surgery. The Department of Children, Youth and Families now has legal custody of the boy.Tags: Child Abuse, Crime, Florida, Jessica Linscott, New Hampshire, Roland Dow, Universal Studios