BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of severely beating and burning his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son treated the toddler like an unwanted pet, but his lawyer says the state’s case relies entirely on the word of a liar.

Twenty-eight-year-old Roland Dow faces a dozen charges alleging he assaulted the boy, failed to get him medical care and instructed him to lie to child welfare workers in 2012. During opening statements Tuesday, prosecutor Kirsten Wilson showed jurors a photo of the boy as a happy, energetic toddler and another showing his injuries: head-to-toe bruising, a burned hand and a brain injury that left him nearly blind.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Defense attorney Thomas Gleason said the state is relying on the boy’s mother, Jessica Linscott, whom he said has a history of lying when she feels threatened.

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