PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) — A fugitive couple arrested at a Florida theme park waived extradition and will voluntarily return to New Hampshire to face charges in the beating and burning of the woman's 3-year-old son.
A judge in Orlando, Fla., accepted the waiver from 23-year-old Jessica Linscott and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Roland Dow, on Friday morning during an informal document exchange with an Orange County Sheriff's Office representative. Neither were in the courtroom and it's unclear how quickly they'll return to New Hampshire.
Rockingham County, N.H., District Attorney Jim Reams has said he expected they would appear in court sometime next week.
The two were taken into custody by federal marshals Wednesday evening at Universal Studios after being on the run for two weeks, making stops in New York and New Jersey on their way south, U.S. Deputy Marshal Jeffrey White said.
Corrections officials say the couple has denied media requests for interviews.
Dow is charged with first- and second-degree assault. He and Linscott face multiple charges of child endangerment for failing to protect and get medical attention for James, who remains hospitalized at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth in Lebanon.
Plaistow police say Dow stuck James in the head with enough force to cause traumatic brain injury and seizures and burnt the boy's wrist and fingers.
Tips from acquaintances and others helped authorities track the couple to a Florida hotel and Universal Studios.
Police said Dow and Linscott told them by phone several weeks ago that the boy's injuries were self-inflicted and that they would go to the police station later. They never showed up.