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December 3, 2012

Our view: Any who aided fugitives should face charges

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It turns out that Dow and Linscott had headed south. Published reports have them making stops in New York and Atlantic City before heading to Orlando, Fla.

The couple were arrested by U.S. marshals at the Universal Studios theme park. They had just finished watching a parade.

The circumstances of their capture stunned many. It would have been one thing for Dow and Linscott to have been captured cowering in the home of a friend or family member. But no. They went to a theme park and, in effect, were having the time of their lives on vacation while Linscott’s son fought in a New Hampshire hospital to recover from the abuse they allegedly inflicted on him.

Depravity has just found a new base level.

There is a strong suspicion that Dow and Linscott did not have the money or other means to take off on such a jaunt on their own. Helping fugitives from justice elude capture is a crime. In this case, the crime was particularly heinous. Anyone found to have helped Dow and Linscott make their run to Florida should face criminal charges.

Dow and Linscott will have to answer for what they are accused of doing to a helpless child. Those who may have helped this couple avoid justice — at least for a time — must answer, as well.

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