A fugitive couple arrested at Universal Orlando 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.
An Orange County judge accepted the waiver from Jessica Linscott, 23, and her boyfriend, Roland Dow, 27, Friday morning during an informal document exchange with a 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 after watching a parade at Universal Studios. They were 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 the boy, who remains hospitalized.
Plaistow police say Dow stuck the boy in the head with enough force to cause traumatic brain injury and seizures and burned the boy's wrist and fingers.
Tips from acquaintances and others helped authorities track the couple to a Florida hotel and Universal Orlando.
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.
Police say the boy was improving but that his recovery will be long and difficult.
A spokeswoman for the state Division of Children, Youth and Families, which has legal custody of the boy, would not comment on his condition, citing confidentiality laws.
Dow's grandmother, Helen Fram, lives next to the couple in a two-family home in Plaistow, a town on the Massachusetts state line. She said Thursday that she's certain her grandson and Linscott did not hurt the boy. She said the boy sometimes banged his own head on the bathtub or threw himself off the toilet.
"I can hear anything, if anything is going on," she said. "They would never, ever hurt a baby. Never."
She said they initially went to the hospital with the boy but got scared when they found out police wanted to talk to them.
"They figured they didn't do anything, so they took off," she said.Asked why they would have gone to a theme park, she said that was one thing she did not understand.