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Cops: Woman accused of hindering investigation into daughter's rape

A Massapequa mother was arrested in Georgia Sunday on charges she hindered a Nassau police investigation involving the sexual assault of her 11-year-old daughter.

The woman, whom Newsday is not naming because her daughter is an alleged victim of sex assault, was arrested in Covington, Ga., where Special Victims Squad detectives said she fled with her daughter to avoid questioning as police investigated claims that her husband at the time sexually abused the girl.

In October, Nassau detectives were notified by a state agency that the girl had been sexually assaulted. Police said the woman repeatedly refused to cooperate with police when they requested DNA samples from the girl.

Police said the woman eventually did produce a child for the DNA test -- but the child was not the victim.

Detectives determined that the woman's husband, a Massapequa man whom Newsday also is not naming, had sexually assaulted the girl in early 2013. Police said the woman refused to reveal his location to authorities, and continued to allow him access to the girl.

The man was eventually located in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was arrested Jan. 27 with the assistance of U.S. marshals and local police. He has been arraigned on charges of predatory sexual assault of a child and first-degree rape.

The woman will be arraigned Monday at Nassau County Court in Mineola.

The girl has since been placed in the custody of other out-of-state relatives, police said.

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