Thomas Marcus Arnold
Danny Lee Arnold
By Chelsea Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two men were arrested Monday in Union City for their alleged
involvement in the sexual molestation of a 10-year-old girl.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal’s
Service arrested Danny Lee Arnold, 19. His charges include child
molestation, cruelty to children and sexual battery. GBI
officers also arrested Danny's brother Thomas Marcus Arnold, 21,
who faces the same charges in addition to aggravated sodomy.
The aunt of the two brothers, Lisa Arnold, 28, was arrested for
incest after the GBI found evidence that indicated she had had
sex with her two nephews. All three suspects reside in Union
The investigation began when the Department of Family and
Children Services learned that the 10-year-old victim was
pregnant. The victim has since had an abortion.
"A decision such as that one would be between the victim's
family and medical professionals," said Danette Smith,
spokeswoman for DFCS. Smith said her department's primary job is
to maintain the privacy of the victim.
A DNA test was performed to determine whichArnoldbrother
impregnated the girl.
After contacting the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the GBI
on May 3, the officers determined that the incidents occurred in
Union City, which is in Fulton County.
According to John Bankhead, spokesman for the GBI, the arresting
officers received a tip that the Arnold brothers were at a
church in Union City. They were arrested outside the church.
Lisa Arnold was arrested in her Union City home. All three
suspects were taken to Fulton County jail.
According to a GBI news release, the molestation had been
ongoing for several years. The victim is in the care of
"I don't know if she'll ever be OK. Hopefully, the people caring
for her now are giving her the love and support she needs,"
Bankhead said. "The effects of this will be tremendously
traumatic and lifelong."