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Plaistow mother sobs, details abuse in former boyfriend's tot assault trial
Jessica Linscott, 24, cries during her testimony in Rockingham County Superior Court on Thursday. She is testifying against her former boyfriend, Roland Dow, who is charged with abusing Linscott's toddler son. (JAMES A. KIMBLE)
While a red-faced Linscott fought back tears, Dow, 28, remained composed and took notes during the third day of testimony in his first-degree assault trial. He is accused of battering and burning James between September and November 2012.
Linscott, 24, who lived with Dow for several months, also buried her face in her hands on the witness stand while the videos played.
“No matter what my son was doing, he was doing it incorrectly,” Linscott said. “He couldn’t color correctly.”
Linscott said that Dow also had a jealous streak and that he often got physical when they fought.
She told the jury that someday — if Dow ever gets out of jail — that he might come after her.
Linscott said Dow treated her son, “worse than a dog that you don’t want — that was my comparison.”
According to Linscott’s testimony, James endured punishments that included being held underwater in the shower for wetting himself; James would slip and hit his head in the tub. She also said Dow used an open hand to strike James in the head and spanked the boy for minor infractions.
James was in a perpetual state of “time-out” imposed by Dow, who would sometimes punish the tot by making him run back and forth in his yard, Linscott said.
While living at Dow’s duplex on Main Street in Plaistow, Linscott said her son appeared to eventually go numb from being hit.
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