Judge denies NH mom having contact with child
BRENTWOOD, N.H. (WHDH) -- A New Hampshire mom, who allegedly went on the run with the man who severely beat her 3-year-old boy, was denied contact with her child in court on Wednesday.
Jessica Linscott, 23, was charged with endangering her son. Police said Linscott’s son was seriously bruised, burned and left at a New Hampshire hospital.
Linscott and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, were arrested at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. last November after being on the run for two weeks. Dow is accused of abusing the boy.
Linscott awaits her upcoming trial in jail. Her attorney argued that Linscott should be able to have contact with her son because she is turning her life around.
“She’s enrolled in classes…she’s taking parenting classes. She’s been working with a domestic violence counselor; she’s been working with crisis management. She is 100 percent invested in turning her life around,” said Deanna Campbell, Linscott’s attorney.
The prosecutor objected, saying Linscott’s son may be a witness. He said he has seen a video of Linscott and Dow trying to coerce and influence the boy when state social workers were at their home for a wellbeing check last October.
“As I mentioned at the hearing about whether he gets nose bleeds and what the answer to that would be. Whether he gets spankings and what the answer to that would be,” said prosecutor Mike Zainor.
The judge ruled Linscott may not see her son, but she may send him letters through the boy’s therapist.
The prosecutor said he is now pursuing additional charges of witness tampering against Linscott and Dow.