Was Jessica Linscott truly a victim of abuse?
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Was Jessica Linscott truly a victim of abuse?

Canterbury : NH : USA | Jul 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM PDT
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Dow, Linscott ordered held on bail in child abuse case

Jessica Linscott took a plea deal in the brutal abuse case involving her young son -- who was left temporarily blind due to the injuries he sustained. It's come out over the course of this case that Linscott wasn't (allegedly) the abuser in the incidents, but instead failed to protect her son from her boyfriend Roland Dow. Not only that, she allegedly suffered a black eye by the hands of her then-boyfriend when they were apprehended after going on the run from police last fall.

Linscott was facing up to seven years in prison if she had gone through with the trial, but instead accepted a plea deal. She will now do just one year on a suspended sentence -- a very soft slap on the wrist considering the circumstances of the crime. Furthermore, she will be a witness in the trial against Roland Dow, showing that you can pretty much get away with any crime against children as long as you turn on your accomplice during the trial.

There's no doubt that Jessica Linscott is going to parade herself during the trial as Dow's second victim -- a fearful mother who had no choice but to allow this man to abuse her child violently to the point of near death. Even though she only sustained a black eye after voluntarily going on the run with this man, she will be let off lightly and the state of New Hampshire will make an example of Roland Dow. However, what's the truth of this story? The legal outcome is one thing -- the truth is another.

Someone beat and burned that little boy last year, and both sides blame one another. Family members on Dow's side have expressed sentiment that Linscott was an active abuser, while Linscott's camp have painted Dow to be the abusive figure in their home -- the stereotypical man-monster who is able to force a mother to throw her maternal instinct to the wind, even if she does live freely enough to turn him in to police.

All-too-often do single mothers lose that maternal instinct when it comes to having a warm body to sleep next to them at night, or to help pay their bills. While it's been confirmed that Jessica Linscott suffered a black eyes, it's still easy to speculate that this young mother could have done far more than she did. She not only failed to protect her son, but she failed to be a mother with even the tiniest drop of common sense and decency.

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