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Long Island mother accused of hindering rape investigation

The woman was arraigned Monday at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead.
The woman was arraigned Monday at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead.
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A Long Island mother faced a judge Monday after being arrested on felony charges alleging she hindered a Nassau County police investigation of the “predatory sexual assault” of her 11-year-old daughter, according to a March 2 report in Newsday.

Police said the 31-year-old woman was living in Massapequa, but refused to cooperate with detectives and fled to Georgia after investigators tried to question her about the sex assault. The woman – whose identity is being withheld because authorities say her daughter is the victim of a sex crime – was arrested Sunday in Covington, Ga.

According to court documents, detectives were notified about the sexual assault after the mother took the teen to have an abortion. In a felony complaint filed with the court, detectives said the woman refused to allow them to question the teen and then refused to provide her daughter with medical treatment. Authorities said the mother eventually agreed to allow police to take a DNA sample, but showed up with a different teenager who was not the victim.

Detectives said an investigation led them to suspect the woman’s husband – a Massapequa man – had raped the teen last year. Cops said the woman “refused to provide the information necessary to determine the person involved in the assault” or disclose her husband’s whereabouts.

He was arrested in January and charged with first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault of a child.

During her arraignment Monday morning, the woman’s Legal Aid attorney said she never been arrested before. The defense lawyer said she has five young children, works as a certified nursing assistant and volunteers at her church.

Nassau County District Court Judge Joy Watson ordered the woman held without bail and signed a protective order that prohibits her from contacting her daughter. She is slated to be back before a judge on Wednesday.

Authorities said the teenage victim is now living out of state with relatives.

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