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Debra Mullen, of Kingston, the mother of Jessica Linscott, testifies in Rockingham County Superior Court that she was unwelcome at the home of Roland Dow, 28. (JAMES A. KIMBLE)

Plaistow tot's grandmother testifies she was unwelcome at home of the accused

BRENTWOOD — A Kingston woman told jurors that she was unwelcome at the home of her daughter’s boyfriend and rarely saw her 3-year-old grandson during the time he was allegedly abused.

Roland Dow, 28, entered his second day of trial Wednesday on charges he battered and burned Linscott’s toddler son, James Nicholson, between September and November 2012. Dow maintains that he never hurt the child and accuses his former girlfriend, Jessica Linscott, of abusing her son.

Linscott’s mother, Debra Mullen, testified Nicholson lived at her Kingston home “essentially his entire life” except for in late 2012 when her daughter moved in with Dow at a residence on Main Street in Plaistow.

Nicholson would become visibly agitated whenever the two of them drove along Route 125 at the intersection where Sanborn Candies is located, Mullen testified. Dow lived in a residence on Main Street right behind the business.

“He would get extremely distraught,” she said.

Mullen recalled to jurors how she went to Dow’s home once because she was worried about her daughter’s well-being but was told right away by Dow that she was unwelcome.

“He was screaming and yelling at me,” Mullen testified.

Dow called the police, and Mullen asked the police officers to do a well-being check on her daughter and grandson.

A female police officer spoke to Mullen sternly, telling her that she was trespassing on the property and shouldn’t be getting the Department of Youth, Children and Families involved in the situation, Mullen testified.

“She said I should not be contacting DCYF because I did not know what it would do to my daughter,” Mullen testified in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Defense lawyer Tom Gleason quizzed Mullen about concerns she had about Linscott’s role as a mother.

“You also had concerns about her ability and willingness to take care of her son, didn’t you?” he asked.

Mullen denied that assertion.

Dow is facing 10 charges, including first- and second-degree assault, witness tampering and endangering the welfare of a child.

Linscott, 25, is expected to testify at the state’s key witness on Wednesday afternoon. She is serving a 2½- to 7-year prison term for felony witness tampering and endangering the welfare of a child.

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