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November 29, 2012

Tips led to arrest of NH couple in abuse case

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Police say his condition is improving but that his recovery will be long and difficult.

“It’s very upsetting to everyone involved,” White said. “They were hiding out in a place you’d normally take your kids for enjoyment, to have a good time. Here they are down there, on the run, after harming their child.”

White said he is not sure what mode of transportation they were using and that both their cars were accounted for in New Hampshire.

“I think they were smart enough to dump their cellphones,” White said, stressing it was tips from acquaintances that led police to them.

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

White said tips led investigators first to Florida, then to the Orlando hotel where the couple was staying, and ultimately to Universal Studios, where they were arrested after watching a parade.

Law enforcement officials spent “countless hours” trying to find Linscott and Dow, who are from Plaistow, N.H., a town of about 8,000 residents in Rockingham County on the Massachusetts state line, marshals said.

The Orange County Jail in Florida, where they are being held in protective custody, said the couple had declined all interview requests.

Dow’s grandmother, Helen Fram, who lives next to the couple in a two-family home in Plaistow, said Thursday that she’s certain her grandson and Linscott did not hurt James. She said the boy sometimes banged his own head on the bathtub or threw himself off the toilet.

“I can hear anything if anything is going on,” she said. “They would never, ever hurt a baby. Never.”

She said they initially went to the hospital with James but got scared when they found out police wanted to talk to them.

“They figured they didn’t do anything, so they took off,” she said.

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