A Massapequa mother arrested on charges she hindered the investigation of her 11-year-old daughter's rape pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
The 31-year-old woman, whom Newsday is not naming because her daughter is an alleged victim of sexual assault, was ordered held without bail after appearing at Nassau County Court in Mineola, court documents show.
Nassau police said the women fled with her daughter to Covington, Ga., to avoid questioning as police investigated claims that her husband sexually abused the girl.
Special Victims Unit detectives and the U.S. Marshal's Service located the mother and arrested her Sunday in Georgia. The girl was placed in the protective custody of relatives.
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.
The woman eventually did produce a child for the DNA test -- but the child was not the sex-abuse victim, police said.
Detectives determined the woman's husband, a Massapequa man whom Newsday also is not naming to protect the girl's identity, 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.