NH couple wanted for child abuse arrested in Fla.

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November 28, 2012, 6:56 pm
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(NECN: Julie Loncich, Plaistow, N.H.) - Captured: The N.H. couple on the run for two weeks for child abuse is now in custody.

US Marshals arrested Jessica Linscott and her boyfriend Rowland Dow at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. around 6 p.m. Wednesday. Federal authorities tell NECN they were following up leads when they were lead to the theme park. Marshals set up surveillance and arrested the couple after they had just watched a parade.

Linscott and Dow had been on the run since dropping Linscott's 3-year-old son James off at Exeter Hospital earlier. He was blinded, burned and beaten and suffering from life threatening injuries, police say, at the hands of the couple.

"They had to put shunts in because of the brain bleeding," Helen Nicholson, James' grandmother, told NECN earlier this week.

Nicholson's son Jon, who died shortly after James was born, is the child's father. In an interview with NECN earlier this week, Nicholson said the toddler was recovering after his second brain surgery.

"I can't tell you on TV how I really feel. I'm very angry and I want them caught and I want them in jail," Nicholson said. "They need to catch these people."

And after a nationwide manhunt for the duo, that included several false alarms, authorities finally have.

Tags: new hampshire, James, florida, orlando, Universal Studios, Julie Loncich, Plaistow, Jessica Linscott, rowland dow, Helen Nicholson, US Marshals Fugitive Task Force
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