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Plaistow mom admits to reprimanding son but denies inflicting harshest injuries
Jessica Linscott, 24, testifies Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court against her former boyfriend, Roland Dow. Dow is accused of battering Linscott's toddler son in 2012. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)
BRENTWOOD — Jessica Linscott acknowledged that she spanked her 3-year-old son, punished him with showers that made him slip and fall, but testified that she never struck him as hard as her former live-in boyfriend.
“I left red marks before, but never bruises,” Linscott testified.
Linscott underwent rigorous questioning by defense lawyers before her testimony ended as the state’s key witness in Dow’s trial underway at Rockingham County Superior Court.
“He didn’t even want him to come out of the bathtub,” Linscott testified about Dow. “Roland would hit James. He would want to do most of the disciplining.”
“I was being a horrible person. I was not being parent. I was running from police and I was scared of what was going to happen,” Linscott testified. “The whole time I was running, I was taking Adderall pills, I was drinking. I went to the casino. I got drunk on my birthday.”
Linscott testified that she did not start to tell the whole truth about the abuse until Plaistow police Detective George Wickson asked about how she got her black eye.
“It doesn’t matter because it was still a horrible thing to do,” Linscott said. “It doesn’t matter how it makes (me) look right now.”
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