FL (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A New Hampshire couple accused of abusing a
toddler was arrested in Florida on Wednesday night.
U.S. Marshals tell FOX 25 Roland Dow, 27, and Jessica Linscott, 23, were arrested
after watching a parade at Universal Studios in Orlando as they were heading
back toward the attractions area.
couple is facing charges in the alleged abuse of Linscott's 3-year-old son,
a press conference held on Thursday, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said
Linscott and Dow could be back in New Hampshire as early as next week if they
do not choose to fight extradition; however, if the couple does, they could
remain in Florida for another 30 to 45 days.
Reams also said that he told his team "good hunting" following the couple's
capture; however, he was baffled by the location where the couple was caught.
He could not say whether or not additional charges would be filed against the
couple or any aides, but the fact that the couple fled admits a certain amount
Authorities were able to locate Linscott and Dow, as a result of a very good
tip. They took pictures of the suspects to area motels and businesses and were finally
led to Universal Studios.
The Plaistow mother dropped her 3-year-old son off at a New Hampshire hospital
with a brain injury, massive bruising, a visual impairment, and burns. Linscott
said those injuries were self-inflicted.
paternal grandmother says he has undergone two brain surgeries and is beginning
to regain his eyesight. She told FOX 25 the doctors are assuring her that James
is going to make a full recovery.
and Dow went missing after James was dropped off at the hospital.
People in Malden, Peabody, Danvers, and Lynn reported sightings of the couple
before they were finally caught in Florida.
U.S. Marshals Service in New Hampshire tells FOX 25 that the Fugitive Task
Force sifted through an overwhelming number of tips to gather information on
Wednesday that led them to believe the couple was in Orlando.
Hampshire-based U.S. Marshals contacted their counterparts in Florida who then
formed a team that tracked the couple to Universal Studios.
and Dow were taken to Orange County Jail where they will be held until their
arraignment Friday morning on fugitive from justice charges in a Florida court
room. If the couple waives extradition, they will be picked up by New Hampshire
authorities and return to the state to answer the abuse allegations.
is facing first and second-degree felony child abuse. Linscott is facing six
counts of endangering the welfare of a child. It is currently unclear if the
couple will face any additional charges.
The couple will be arraigned in Orlando on Friday.