Toys pouring in for burned boy New Hampshire


PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) -- People have been dropping off toys and gifts at a New Hampshire police department for a 3-year-old boy at the center of a child endangerment case.

James Nicholson of Plaistow was recently released from the hospital. He is recovering from brain injuries, bruises and burns to his wrist and fingers. Police said a fund for financial donations is being set up for him.

The toy cars, stuffed animals and good wishes for James have been growing in the police department's lobby. "We are sending you prayers for healing, love and peace," one message says. Some toys have come from as far as Florida, where the boy's mother and boyfriend were arrested at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando.

WMUR-TV reports the boy is living with his grandmother in Kingston. His mother, Jessica Linscott, and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, remain jailed on multiple charges of child endangerment. Dow also has been charged with first- and second-degree assault.

Both have been ordered not to have contact with each other or with James. The couple had said his injuries were self-inflicted; doctors disagreed.

"There's a resonance here that kind of struck everybody, and the mere fact that he's only 3 years old presented some compelling issues," Plaistow Police Chief Stephen Savage.


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