Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – A 26-year-old man from Lynnwood, Washington has been taken into custody last week after allegedly tying up her 4-year-old stepdaughter and shooting her with a pellet rifle more than 36 times as punishment.
According to Q13 Fox News, the girl’s grandmother initially believed the red marks all over her body were signs of chicken pox, and when she realized what really happened, she informed police on January 13.
Stetson Tedder was arrested Thursday for second-degree assault of a child and unlawful imprisonment and could be formally charged this week.
It was reported that Tedder paid the bail set at $25,000 and was released.
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies said in the court document that Tedder “knowingly inflicted bodily harm which by design caused pain as to the equivalent of that produced by torture.”
Deputies revealed that Tedder blamed the girl’s BB gun shooting to his son, who he claimed got the Airsoft rifle for Christmas.
Court documents stated Tedder confessed that he used duct tape and zip ties to restrain the girl’s hands and feet for up to 30 minutes because he was upset when she would wake him up early. Other forms of punishment included telling the girl to sit against a wall in an uncomfortable position for 30 minutes and picking up her clothes in her room using her teeth.
Reports stated the girl’s mother, Michelle Tedder, would leave the area where the punishment was being done because she didn’t want to hear her daughter cry.
The girl has been placed into protective custody and Q13 Fox News reported Child Protective Services have checked on the girl’s younger siblings in the house and found them unharmed.
Prosecutors are still deciding whether to file charges, according to authorities.