Prosecutor: Woman allegedly medicated girls to ‘loosen them up’ for sex acts

awomack@macon.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Amanda Dianne Arellano

A woman accused in the rape and molestation of an 8-year-old girl allegedly told authorities the girl “enjoyed performing sex acts and she “did not feel it would be right to deprive her,” a Bibb County prosecutor said Thursday in an argument against the woman being granted a bond.

Prosecutor Jimmy Daniels said Amanda Dianne Arellano, 28, also gave the girl and a 6-year-old girl medication to make them drowsy and “loosen them up” before enticing them to perform sex acts.

Arellano’s lawyer, Bobby Bearden, argued witnesses who lived with Arellano and her boyfriend, Daniel Kelly Copeland, have said they didn’t witness any molestation and the girls have denied being abused.

“There’s plenty of evidence in our favor,” Bearden said.

Daniels said Arellano and Copeland have admitted they told the girls not to talk about the abuse.

“These are scared little girls,” he said.

Bibb County Superior Court Judge Tripp Self denied Bearden’s request for bond during a Thursday hearing.

Arellano is being held at the county jail on one count of rape, four counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of sexual exploitation of children stemming from incidents between Sept. 1, 2011, and Jan. 18, 2012.

Last year, Copeland was sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by lifetime probation as part of his guilty plea to rape and four counts of aggravated child molestation.

Daniels said Copeland is set to testify against Arellano when her case goes to trial.

He said Arellano’s “participation is just as much if not worse” than Copeland’s.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.