BRENTWOOD, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Prosecutors have detailed the effort made by a New Hampshire mother to conceal the abuse of her 3-year-old son by her boyfriend, according to the Union Leader.
The newspaper reports 24-year-old Jessica Linscott, of Plaistow, told doctors that her son, James Nicholson, was not being abused at the hands of her boyfriend, 27-year-old Roland Dow, but suffered from seizures because he was "hitting himself in the face."
The Union Leader says affidavits for two search warrants used to search the couple's apartment also reveal that Linscott tried to deflect questions about her son's injuries by telling police to review videos of her son that she created with Dow.
Dow is accused of severely beating and burning the child. Earlier this month, Dow was indicted on a new charge of first-degree assault, alleging that he caused traumatic injury to the child. He had pleaded not guilty in December to multiple assault and other charges involving the treatment of the boy. Dow is scheduled to go on trial the week of Oct. 7 in Rockingham County Superior Court for first- and second-degree assault and eight other charges.
Linscott pleaded guilty last month to several charges and was sentenced to at least 2½ years in prison for failing to get help for her son. She's expected to testify against Dow.
The boy was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and burns to his wrist and fingers last year. The couple was arrested at a Florida theme park.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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