updated 5/16/2007 9:08:14 PM ET 2007-05-17T01:08:14

The father of a girl reported missing in 2005 has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

Jail records indicated Aaron Thompson was booked at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday on a charge of cruelty toward a child causing death and was being held on $500,000 bail.

His daughter Aarone was 6 when he told police on Nov. 14, 2005, that she became upset and left the family's house when he refused to let her have a cookie.

Three days after the initial report, police announced that they believed the girl may have been dead for as long as 18 months, based on a tip. They have not released any details.

The girl's family was unable to provide recent pictures of the girl.

Police had said Thompson and his girlfriend, Shely Lowe, were "persons of interest" in the case. Both denied any involvement in the girl's disappearance, and Lowe died May 12 of an apparent heart attack, police said.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office declined comment, citing grand jury secrecy rules.

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