While Jessica Linscott’s three-year-old son recovered at a hospital after being horrifically burned and beaten, the 23-year-old mother and her boyfriend took a vacation to Universal Studios Florida.
Linscott and Roland Dow, 27, were the subject of a two-week national manhunt after fleeing police in New Hampshire when they were charged with abusing Linscott’s son.
U.S. Marshals tracked them to the world-renowned theme park in Orlando, Florida, and arrested them as they were leaving a parade on Wednesday.
‘They were totally surprised,’ David Charles, a deputy criminal investigators for the marshals office in Orland, said. ‘They had no clue.’
Police had received a call two weeks ago from Exeter Hospital, in Exeter, New Hampshire, where the boy was being treated. The boy later was taken to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was recovering after surgery.
Tips helped to track down the couple, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams said.
‘We were feeling pretty confident 24 hours ago that we were going to have them soon,’ Reams said on Wednesday.
Law enforcement officials spent ‘countless hours’ trying to find Linscott and Dow, who are from Plaistow, New Hampshire, a town of about 8,000 residents in Rockingham County, marshals said.
Marshals looked for the couple all day Wednesday and at the end of the day found them while a crowd was breaking up after the parade and they were headed back to the theme park’s attractions area, said David Charles, deputy criminal investigator for the U.S. Marshals Service in Orlando.
U.S. Marshal David L Cargill Jr, who thanked the public for providing tips during the search for the couple, said he found it ‘very sad’ that they were found in an area ‘designed to bring joy and happiness to children.’
Linscott is accused of failing to get medical attention for her son when he was suffering seizures from a head injury and of failing to protect him from harm. She’s charged with multiple counts of child endangerment.
Dow is charged with assault.
Linscott and Dow were jailed on Wednesday and couldn’t be reached for comment by telephone. They were scheduled to be arraigned in Florida on Thursday on fugitive from justice charges.
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