Mother Accused of Hindering Daughter's Sexual Assault Investigation: Nassau Police

A mother has been accused of hindering an investigation after police say she tried to keep detectives from finding the person who sexually assaulted her 11-year-old daughter.

The mother, formerly of Massapequa but now living in Covington, Ga., is accused of refusing to cooperate with the Nassau County Special Victims Unit investigators looking into claims that her daughter was sexually assaulted.

Police began their investigation after learning about an alleged assault from a state agency in 2013. Police say that the mother refused to give detectives information.

The mother also allegedly refused to bring the daughter to police so they could get a DNA sample; when she did go to police, investigators say she brought a different child for testing. Afterward, police say the mother went to Georgia and continued to duck police inquiries.

Police say they eventually connected the woman's husband at the time to the alleged assault. Police say she refused to tell investigators where the 30-year-old was while continuing to allow him to have access to the girl.

Authorities tracked down the man in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was arrested by U.S. Marshals. He was arrested and brought to Nassau County, where he faces predatory sexual assault of a child and first-degree rape charges.

The mother was arrested at her home in Covington and will be arraigned Monday in Mineola for hindering a prosecution.

The daughter has been placed in the care of relatives out of state.

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