Most people who come across the folks who dress up in medieval armor and sword-fight in parks probably write them off as harmless nerds who have too much time on their hands.
But trying telling that to the 16-year-old daughter of Fremon Seay.Police say Mr. Seay, a 38-year-old father from Yelm, took his love of Live Action Role Playing (LARPing, for those with girlfriends) and applied it to child discipline.
According to Thurston County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Greg Elwin, deputies received a call this Sunday from a friend of Seay's daughter who told them they had better go check up on her.
When the deputies did check on the girl, they found some rather disturbing activity had been going on several hours beforehand in the family's yard.
According to Elwin, on Saturday night Seay found out that his daughter had gone to a party in Puyallup, and he drove there in a rage and picked her up and took her home.
Once at home, Seay allegedly told another girl, his stepdaughter, to go out in the yard and gather up several "willow switches" and bring them to him "so he'd have his choice of weapon." Seay then supposedly beat his daughter on the rear end and legs for quite a while.
"He forced her down, sat on her back--the dad is about 300 pounds so she was unable to get out from under him--and proceeded to strike her on her backside and legs," Elwin tells Seattle Weekly.
After beating the girl, Seay supposedly upped the ante when he told his daughter "now that you're 16, we can fight. Go put on your armor."
The girl and the father then each donned a set of "homemade renaissance armor" and "jousted" in the yard from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
"During this, he's beating his daughter with wooden broadsword," Elwin says. "When she finally comes in she collapses and can no longer stand. She's beat all over her body; her head, arms, legs all suffered extensive bruising. Lots and lots of welts."
Seay's wife, Julie Seay, meanwhile, had apparently encouraged the father to "beat the smirk off her face" and supported the medieval battle 100 percent.
She was later arrested and charged with being an accessory to the crime.
After the girl came in from her beating, her parents allegedly made her strip down to her underwear and then watch a "Sunday sermon" on TV by an unknown preacher.
Sometime between the beating and the sermon, the girl was apparently able to reach her friend, who then called sheriff's deputies.
Now Seay is charged with second-degree assault for using a wooden sword to beat the girl.
He was arraigned on Monday.