Stetson Tedder, 26, was arrested Thursday on charges of second-degree assault of a child and unlawful imprisonment.
The injuries were discovered after the child’s grandmother, believing she had chicken pox, had her seen at the hospital. A registered nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett counted more than 36 red marks over the girl’s body. After it was determined the child was not suffering from an illness, medical staff called 911.
The child reportedly told her grandmother Tedder tied her up and shot her with the pellet gun as punishment for waking him up.
For those of you unfamiliar with Airsoft guns, they fire plastic BBs made to sting but not break the skin.
Regardless, Tedder “knowingly inflicted bodily harm which by design caused pain as to the equivalent of that produced by torture,” Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies said.
The girl went on to describe other punishments – like being forced to clean her room with her teeth because her hands and feet were bound behind her. And “wall sits” - being made to sit with her back to a wall without a chair for up to 30 minutes at a time, making her feet and legs hurt.
When asked where her mother, Michelle Tedder, was when these punishments were being doled out, the child told investigators her mom would leave the room because she didn’t want to hear her cry.
When questioned, Tedder tried to blame his son for the girl’s injuries, telling investigators the boy had received an Airsoft gun for Christmas, and he shot the girl before having the gun taken away.
When it came to the hog-tying, Tedder reportedly admitted to using duct tape to “restrain the girl’s wrists behind her back for no longer than 30 minutes as a form of punishment.”
Tedder posted bail Friday and was released.
The little girl was placed with a relative and the other children in the home were taken in by CPS.