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Judge refuses to dismiss charges in Plaistow man's child abuse trial
Roland Dow, 28, of Plaistow lost a bid on Wednesday to have his case thrown out of court before a jury deliberating in his first-degree assault trial. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)
The prosecution and defense rested on Wednesday in the trial of Dow, 28, who is facing charges of first-degree assault, witness tampering and secretly recording a meeting with a child advocacy worker.
The injuries were allegedly inflicted between September and November 2012 while the boy’s mother, Jessica Linscott, lived with Dow at his Main Street duplex in Plaistow.
Judge Marguerite Wageling said in a decision from the bench late Wednesday afternoon that “it is not the state’s burden who caused the injury, but that (Dow) acted in concert” with Linscott as a principle or accomplice.
Assistant County Attorney Patricia Conway argued that the jury heard testimony from Linscott that Dow would discipline James by manhandling him in the shower and letting him fall and hit his head, and striking him in the head with his open hand.
Jurors also heard testimony from Dr. Deborah Poulin, who examined James’ injuries once he was brought to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon. Poulin testified that James had bruising across his forehead, in his right eye and abrasions that were healing on his left eye.
Closing arguments will begin this morning.
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