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Hope Mills woman charged with obstruction of justice

Posted February 10, 2010 3:24 p.m. EST
Updated February 11, 2010 9:25 a.m. EST

— A Hope Mills woman faces charges of felony obstruction of justice in a sex case involving a 6-year-old girl.

Investigators say Amanda Cowen, 29, of 3238 Vardaman Ave., forged and disseminated a malicious MySpace message, claiming the girl lied when she told authorities that Cowen’s husband had sexually abused her. The incident reportedly occurred between Nov. 10 and Dec. 30.

Detectives determined that Cowen was trying to get charges of child abuse dropped against her husband by posting the MySpace message.

Cowen was released after posting a $3,000 bond on Wednesday. Her firs court appearance is Thursday.

Her husband, Trever Ried Cowen, 26, also of 3238 Vardaman Ave., faces several charges, including taking indecent liberties with a child and first-degree statutory sexual offense.

Cowen was being held under a $150,000 bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center on Wednesday.