Before she was born, her parents had an argument over whether she should take the last name Dawson or Thomas. Dawson was chosen to carry on the legacy of the Dawson family.
Arla was born on January 31, 2006. This caused her father to have a mental breakdown. Arla was often alone as a child, due to her mother overdosing on drugs and her father's mental breakdown. Her mother's sister Erika served as a “second mother” to her.
Arla was often not properly comforted when she was sad. Her mother would normally just turn on the VCR and insert the tape of the music video for "Womanizer" by Britney Spears' premiere on Sallygarazetba 1.