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Jury sees video, mother's testimony in Plaistow tot abuse case
Jessica Linscott, 24, of Plaistow testifies in Rockingham County Superior Court about how her former boyfriend, Roland Dow, used to choke her during fights. (JAMES A. KIMBLE PHOTO)
A portion of the video was shown to jurors in Rockingham County Superior Court as they sat on the trial of Roland Dow, 28, who is accused of first- and second-degree assault.
The boy’s mother, Jessica Linscott, fought back sobs through her testimony on Thursday afternoon in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Linscott, 24, shuffled into court wearing leg chains and an orange jail jumpsuit, confronting both her former boyfriend and her inaction that allowed her son to allegedly be struck and punished by Dow.
She is serving 2½ to 7 years in prison for witness tampering and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
“Did anyone ever yell at you?” Dow allegedly says on the recording. “Does Mommy and Roland yell at each other? Who yells?”
Linscott, who met Dow on Facebook in 2011, told jurors how she met the father of Nicholson while a student at Sanborn Regional High School.
The couple lived together after graduation until he died of a heroin overdose.
He eventually changed to someone who was controlling and abusive, according to Linscott. She testified that Dow threw her over a flight of stairs once and choked her more than once during arguments.
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