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Tips Led To Arrest Of Couple In NH Child Abuse Case

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV
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PLAISTOW, N.H. (CBS) – The fugitive couple accused of abusing a little boy could be back in New Hampshire next week.

Jessica Linscott and Roland Dow were tracked down at a theme park in Florida.

They were spotted at a parade Wednesday evening after authorities had received a tip.

“They went to numerous hotels…showing pictures, asking questions and they developed additional leads that led them to Universal Studios,” said David Cargill, Jr., United States Marshal for the District of New Hampshire.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The pair are scheduled to make their first court appearance tomorrow. If they return to New Hampshire voluntarily, they could be back in the state next week. If they decide to fight extradition, it could take up to 45 days to bring them back according to Jim Reams, Rockingham County, New Hampshire Attorney.

The fugitive couple had been on the run for two weeks since dropping off Jessica’s child at a hospital with severe signs of child abuse.

Dow is accused of beating and burning the little boy. Jessica is accused of failing to protect her child.

“Oh I’m happy I know they’re alright, I figured they were freezing, I didn’t know if they were in the woods,” said Roland Dow’s grandmother who does not want her name used.

Dow’s grandmother, who lives next door to the couple in a Plaistow, New Hampshire duplex, says she never saw or heard anything suspicious.

“I don’t know what happened,” said the grandmother. “He would never abuse a baby.”

There are reports the couple spent time in New York and Atlantic City, NJ but local authorities are not revealing details on the duo’s travels, their source of money, or how they got to Florida.

“I’m not surprised at how we found them, I guess I am a little surprised where we found them,” said Reams.

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