Dec 5, 2015 11:52 AM

Plaistow man accused of abusing toddler seeks a reduced sentence

BRENTWOOD — A Plaistow man sentenced last year to 25 1/2 to 67 years in prison for abusing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son is going before the state's Sentence Review Board to try to get his sentence reduced.

The Sentence Review Board could decrease, increase or affirm Roland Dow's sentence. Lawyers on each side are expected to make their arguments before the panel on Dec. 30. Dow also appealed his case to the N.H. Supreme Court, which heard the appeal in September but has yet to rule on it.

Dow was convicted of burning and beating the child, before he and the boy's mother ditched the toddler at Exeter Hospital and fled to Florida.

According to the Union Leader, the boy, now age 6, suffered a retinal hemorrhage and numerous head injuries that required hospital doctors to drill holes in his head to relieve pressure from fluid, prosecutors said.

During Dow’s trial, jurors watched videos that the boy's mother recorded of her son.

The videos captured the boy moaning and wailing in pain while being forced to stay in a bathtub.

Dow could be heard on one recording repeatedly questioning the boy, “What are you doing? What?”

Dow was convicted by a jury on 11 charges last June, including first- and second-degree assault, witness tampering and endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors argued for a 30- to 60-year sentence, saying Dow carried out a months-long campaign of abuse against the boy. The defense argued for a five- to 10-year sentence, saying jurors never conclusively decided if he was the principal abuser or an accomplice of the boy’s mother.

The boy’s mother, Jessica Linscott, served a 2 ½-year prison term for witness tampering and endangering the welfare of a child. She testified against Dow, and was granted parole in March.


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