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November 30, 2012

Child abuse suspects due in court today

Extradition process could take weeks

PLAISTOW — Roland Dow and Jessica Linscott will return to New Hampshire. The question is when.

The child abuse suspects, captured in an Orlando theme park after a two-week manhunt, are set to appear in a Florida courtroom today.

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, speaking to reporters yesterday outside the Pliastow police station, said the couple could return within a week to face child-abuse related charges.

Should they fight extradition, it could take as long as 45 days.

“Bail should not be granted in this particular case,” Reams said.

Dow, 27, is accused of burning and beating Linscott’s 3-year-old son, James. Linscott, 23, faces child endangerment charges.

The couple made stops in New York and New Jersey before authorities caught up to them at a parade at Universal Studios Wednesday.

They had received tips from acquaintances and others that led them first to the hotel where the two stayed, then to the theme park.

“They didn’t resist. They didn’t have any weapons,” New Hampshire Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White said. “I don’t think they believed anyone would come looking for them in Florida.”

Investigators are unsure what they used for transportation.

“I think they were smart enough to dump their cellphones,” White said.

He stressed tips from acquaintances helped.

“At one point in time, they were still in contact with family members,” White said.

Police will continue to investigate whether the couple had help fleeing. If they did, anyone who helped will face charges.

“We’ll see what the evidence shows us,” Reams said.

Investigators received hundreds of tips about the couple’s whereabouts, some from as far away as the Midwest.

They credited work of agencies, including the Plaistow police, U.S. Marshals Service, the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement in Massachusetts.

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