NH mother of burned, beaten boy pleads guilty

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Associated Press

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 4:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:37 AM

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman accused of failing to get help for her beaten and burned 3-year-old son has pleaded guilty to several charges and has been sentenced to at least 2½ years in prison.

Prosecutors recovered a video last year of 24-year-old Jessica Linscott of Plaistow and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, prepping the child before the arrival of a social worker who was checking on him. Three weeks later, little James was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and burns to his wrist and fingers. The couple were arrested two weeks later at a Florida theme park.

Linscott was scheduled to face trial on July 29. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to witness tampering and endangering the welfare of a child.

She's expected to testify against Dow at his trial.

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