Washington Father Arrested for Forcing Daughter Into Renaissance Battle

YELM, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — What began as a man’s attempt to discipline his child turned into a sordid case of abuse when police say a Washington man forced his 16-year-old daughter to don Renaissance armor and engage in a wooden sword battle for two hours.

Freemon Everett Seay, 38, and his daughter were fighting on Oct. 16 over her recent attempt to run away from home, an action he wanted to punish her for, Sgt. Ken Clark of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office told CBS Seattle.

“He started with switches off a tree. In Washington state, it’s all about reasonable action … (and) you can (legally) give a kid a spanking,” he said. “But this goes beyond discipline, and into the realm of abuse.”

Before beginning the fight, Seay put on armor and brandished a weapon, which he repeatedly used on the child.

Authorities say he forced his daughter to duel with him from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. When she was reportedly no longer able to stand on her own, he relented. But his daughter quickly took action, texting pictures of her bruises and injuries to friends, who promptly alerted the authorities.

By that afternoon, Seay and his wife were in police custody.

Julie Seay, the child’s stepmother, was not actively involved in the abuse, according to the police report. However, she was aware of what was happening, and allegedly made no motion to protect the child in any way.

“She had a responsibility to defend her stepdaughter,” Clark added.

The case is still in its early stages, and in the state of Washington, the prosecutor’s office decides whether or not to press charges and continue with a trial. It remains to be seen whether the Seays will be brought up on charges.

Seay was released on bail Oct. 18.

  • FNTM

    Hopefully the 16 year old enjoys living with DFACS.

  • Patricia

    No wonder why this Girl was RUNNING away.. nut cases (both adults??) and scary.. what was next, stocks or the rack and torture..

    • Andrew

      She was running away because she’s part of today’s youth that believe it’s okay to tell your parents to F-off.

      I hope he walks free.

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    • Atlas Shrugged

      She was obviously running away from discipline. Her dad went too far but what caused it? LIBERAL THINK. The current teachings of our schools where your parents have no right to tell you what to do, when to do it, and to whom you can do it with. PARENTS HAVE LOST THE RIGHT TO BE PARENTS.

      The problem with society today is LIBERAL THINK., Someone else will pay your bils, do as you please when and where you want, society will care for you. NOT IN MY HOUSE. MY BELT, AS MY FATHERS BELT RULED. WHEN IN DOUBT WHIP IT OUT.

      My Kids are both responsible parent and adults. They are representing this type if kid today in the court of law. Yes, successful attorneys. They make a living themselves, support themselves, they have successful children that know what discipline is, and they thank their parents, grand parents, and great grandparents for it, It is making then into the citizen you wish your kids and grand kid would turn out like.

    • selahgreen

      Actually, I believe tarring & feathering would be more appropriate. But then, that might just become the next Emo fashion.

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    • Armed Patriot

      My friend and I stole a purse when I was 17 and he was 16, for which I am deeply remorseful. His dad beat his backside with a rubber hose and banished me. I was jealous he had a father to beat him with a hose. I think it was Ben Franklin (???) that said, “spare the rod, spoil the child”. In this day and age is it any wonder we have the OWS crowds complaining they spent $200K on a BA in social amphitheater with a minor in the role of the two toed mountain monkey on todays society, and cant find a job???

  • Frederic

    There you go. Throw Mom & Dad in Jail, and put the girl in the hands of the Department of Social Services til she’s 18. That will certainly solve both problems.

    • Dennis

      Lefties always want to put the kid back in the home of the abuser, which is why so many kids die needlessly.

      • drgermain

        only if the drug users, if they look look like law and order republican the kids will stay in “protection”

  • Culex

    To all and singular
    Go read the piece about this in the London Daily Mail. See the bruises. This guy is in an SCA fighting household and has been charged with hitting his daughter with Society sanctioned rattan weapons. His fighting qualifications should be pulled by the Marshallate ASAP and His King should banish him for life. He can have all the bear pits he wants in lockup.

    • Knows all to well

      Here’s the interesting fact. I’ve seen this done many a time because the child wants to act like an adult and get in the parent’s face. So the parent makes them put their money where their mouth is. If they want to be treated “fairly” then they get their fair response. Usually after a couple of appropriately placed shots, the child learns that maybe they aren’t ready for being an adult. It sounds like this girl just never learned…Now she can learn what it is like to be without a parent and be placed in a careless home and system who doesn’t give a dam about her. And if anyone thinks that children services really care, trying being one of their “clients”

    • Larpisgay

      methinks te larp knave should be sent to te crusades verily

  • Patricia

    what happened to our extended families surely a relative saw she needs support..

  • Lionel

    The sergeant’s quote should be corrected too. Even if it were legal, spanking a 16 year old is very much not okay.

    • Armed Patriot

      Spare the rod and spoil the child. Spanking i 16 year old is ok if the 16 year old deserves it. My 17 year old son nearly got popped in the mouth a time or two for mouthing off. Dont do the crime if you cant do the time.

      • eruthk

        I think that “Spare the rod and spoil the child” is the most misunderstood Biblical quote of all. A rod was used by the shepherd to control the sheep, never to beat the sheep. A child needs correction, and it is going to take a real commitment to correct her wayward behavior. Correction and control are not the same as a 2-hour 2:00 AM beating of a young girl by a grown man that leaves her with cuts and bruises. There are plenty of ways to control this child’s misbehavior but a brutal life-threatening two-hour beating is not one of them. He first beat her switches, then his wooden sword, and then forced her to put on heavy armor at 2 am and endure another two hour beating until she was unable to move. This girl could have died. What is the matter with you people? The appropriate thing to do would to have sent her to bed, and then in the morning (or after school) dealt with her wayward delinquent behavior in a way that would not only help her to grow up, but to keep her from her self destructive ways. I certainly hope the state removes this girl from this abusive situation, the next time that so-called father indeed may end up killing her.

    • PowerPC

      That is a major problem in society today….No discipline and no consequences for ones own actions. That is why teenagers and young adults are running in flash mobs and robbing and beating people to near death and clearing the shelfs in the local department stores. They know there will be no action taken against them so why not keep doing it. Children should be spanked if they deserve it. I was spanked when I was a child with a hand, a switch, and a paddle in High School……yeah thats right, high school. I did not grow up without self esteem but I did grow up with respect for my elders and authority. I have never been to jail. I was raised by parents and grandparents that loved me but disciplined me when needed. I probably desereved every spanking I got. Also, schools were much safer back in the day when the paddle was used. You did not hear of children going to school to kill the people who have been bullying him relentlessly. Oh, and BTW 16 years old is the perfect age to spank a child. They are old enough to know why they are being punished and old enough to appreciate the lesson they are being taught. You liberals that let your children run all over you are a real problem when the child becomes old enough to endanger other people because he knows there will be no punishment for their actions.

      • Snod

        Right on point! I was punished just like you were but a bit more aggressively and I am okay. I have seen similar things happen but in one case a friends 13 year old was staying out all night and her father grounded her. A judge soon ordered her parents not to restrain her and call the cops if she left home. Well a few months later the 13 year old girl was found in a hotel with a few guys.

    • Alicia Geromel

      Depends on the 16 year old and the behavior, In my opinion. Blanket statements about discipline tend to hurt kids most of all by preventing a particular kid from getting the particular parental feedback which is most appropriate for their particular needs. Which is not to say that the incident under discussion is likely to have been the best ‘parental feedback’.

    • Andrew

      16 year olds are more out of control today than ever before. Kids believe they can tell their parents to F-off without fear of reprecussion. She was probably running away to party with her friends. SHE NEEDS A BRUSIED BEHIND IF SHE STILL LIVES AT HOME.

    • Atlas Shrugged

      Read carefully Loinel, apparently your parents didn’t spank you enough. That is if you were raised in a 2 parent household.

      She was obviously running away from discipline. Her dad went too far but what caused it? LIBERAL THINK. The current teachings of our schools where your parents have no right to tell you what to do, when to do it, and to whom you can do it with. PARENTS HAVE LOST THE RIGHT TO BE PARENTS.

      The problem with society today is LIBERAL THINK., Someone else will pay your bils, do as you please when and where you want, society will care for you. NOT IN MY HOUSE. MY BELT, AS MY FATHERS BELT RULED. WHEN IN DOUBT WHIP IT OUT.

      My Kids are both responsible parent and adults. They are representing this type if kid today in the court of law. Yes, successful attorneys. They make a living themselves, support themselves, they have successful children that know what discipline is, and they thank their parents, grand parents, and great grandparents for it, It is making then into the citizen you wish your kids and grand kid would turn out like.

    • Michael Corleone

      Just because you have pedophile tendencies does not mean every one else does, Mary.

    • ^ is an idiot

      says you.

      • Bob

        If spanking hasn’t taught her anything by the time she’s 16, it isn’t working and is just abuse. This guy seems like a real nutcase. Send the girl to live with relatives who are, hopefully, sane.

      • glenp

        who said any relative WANTS HER???

        you’re pretty stupid

  • Alan

    The Parents are certainly living on a different planet and deserve some type of discipline for this, but when You get the State involved it only ever turns out bad to worse for everyone.

  • Phil

    Culex…coocoo coocoo

  • Jason
    • Yirmin

      Looks bad… but then you are assuming the bruises came from dear old dad.. could have been that the bruises came from something else and she is trying to nail the parents for something they didn’t do.

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    • MorganGray

      Hmmm…. One thing that hits me in the Daily Times article (no pun intended).

      He told her “Put *YOUR* armor on.”

      That indicates to me that the girl either *is* a fighter in the SCA, or is in training to be one. In turn, that indicates to me that she and her father likely sparred / fought on a regular basis.

      Things are getting a bit cloudy here. As Tom and Yirmin say, do we know these bruises came from a two hour punitive slug-fest, or were the from an earlier practice / tournament /whatever, and is the girl trying to use them as leverage / threat / punishment against parents who are trying to make her behave as a reasonable member of society (small S), and not like a dope smoking, criminal?

      Remember folks, like it or no, crack is still an illegal drug, and a 16 year old cannot even buy beer in this country, let alone run around all night doing illegal drugs.

      Something doesn’t add up.

      • Historyshowsus

        Somebody with a brain in the head. Finally. Good eye Morgan

      • Spanky

        You speculate quite a lot.

        Picture a scenario where the father had some armor, tossed it at the girl, and said, “Put your armor on.” That doesn’t mean it was truly hers. Or, what if she did dress up and play fight – that doesn’t mean she was into the same degree of conflict he was.

        I’d like to know what mindset says it’s ok for an adult male to pummel a teenage girl – armor or not – for two hours.

    • Emerald

      It’s only a flesh wound.

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    • JohnB

      Looks like he is consistently right handed and she should learn to guard better. You can bet life will not be any better for her if the parents are put in prison. I could have used more discipline at her age but I was built for that kind of punishment. That is the fathers only miscalculation here.

    • Tom

      The photo does not tell me if it was abuse or not. Having played sports I have been on the receiving end of bruises that occupied most of my leg. Hurt like hell but I don’t think you arrest somebody for tackling me.

      Sounds like the dad may have gone to far on his daughter who was sneaking out and ending up at police stations. Then again, she may still not have learned her lesson and could end up with much worse than a bruise on her leg.

  • cybro

    Gee I wonder why she ran away. What was next on the agenda? Lock her up in an iron maiden. What a moron.

  • glenp

    kick her out to DFACS

    she’s eligible to be an emancipated minor, let her go on her own and find out life really sucks once you get off the teat at home.

  • Karl

    Concidering the father had just bailed her out of jail from being arrested at a crack party, I think she got off easy. If my father had to bail me out for crack charges I would have prefered 2 hrs of getting beaten with padded ratan weapons to rotting in jail. Now she has the fine opportunity to meet new crackheads to party with when she excapes from child services. I have to side with the family on this one since I know that SCA ratan weapons are padded and inspected to not do permanent damage. Unfortunately, he needed to have done it long before she became a crack user.

    • historyshowsus

      Not all SCA weapons are padded. All swords are bare rattan wrapped in duct tape (33 year heavy fighting vet in the SCA).

      • Mason Baker

        True and they confuse you for a second if he is able to get a good head shot in. Truthfully, I am not “all up in arms” about it. Girl was 16, how old did the fighters have to be again? And he didn’t “beat” her with a stick.

  • Rod Anders

    What the hell is this world coming to if you can’t even beat your kid with a sword any more?

    • brian

      I have 4 kids ages 4-8. I am laughing my a@@ off at your comment right now

  • Nicole Coleman

    What is more disturbing than this obvious abuse is that we live in a society (at least as indicated by many people’s comments here) that has an ability to put up shields around them and not be the least bit affected when they see a child crying out for help, trying to run away and being beaten. How much at fault are we, the “united” States, as we turn our heads to fellow citizens in need of help and make light of these kinds of situations? I wonder if there was someone in this child’s life who knew better than to turn their head and could’ve prevented this by reaching out to the family? What is happening to common decency and compassion? Most of the comments regarding this article make me very sad as I realize how callous so many people are in our society and take the easy way out, saying its “the system” or “the state” that needs to change. Change can only begin one heart (and one vote) at a time.

    • stefan toch

      You have some legitimate concerns, but we also live in a time where we are brandishing stereotypes and bigotry about everything – even articles we read on the internet. Seriously, we all need a healthy amount of skepticism, but we seem to have this need to try to reinforce our beliefs and form opinions before we even have the facts… so don’t go looking down on others nicole, you are just as guilty and willing to go so far as to wonder ‘if there was someone in this child’s life who knew better than to turn their head and could’ve prevented this’. Prevented what exactly? We don’t even have the facts or know the details… and how the heck do you even know that somebody was or wasn’t there, that they turned their head, that this girl doesn’t have encounters with more compassionate people than you? You don’t, we just have the sensationalized media snapshot, and making jokes about the article seems just as reasonable , if not more, than getting depressed about reading comments here…just saying, get off your moral high horse.

    • Larry

      sorry………. you pie in the sky, tree hugging, diversity worshipping, it takes a village to raise a child, loser…………………… was what this guy did wrong?…yeah, probably, but you know what, many years ago, for many years, I dealt with a completely out of control, sociopathic, teen daughter. No amount of reaching out…etc etc etc made one iota of difference. After five years of living with her anti social, out of control behavior…. the morning of her 18th birthday I threw her out of my house and out of my life. THAT………my little flower child….is REALITY.

      • glenp

        pretty stupid to wait till teh 18th bday

        should have emancipated her 3 years before

    • http://intolerantfox.wordpress.com intolerantfox

      I think the problem here is your definition of what a “child” is. To most people, a 16-year-old is not a child, but a young adult with responsibilities. If this had been an 8 year old, I think the reaction would be very different, but a 16-year-old who by her own choices wound up at a crack party and even worse…got caught…deserved to pay a consequence. Her father’s consequence was more creative than mine would have been but probably effective nonetheless. What concerns me is how many people on this list think 16-year-olds are children. This is the reason why so many teens are right now breaking the law and squatting in public places demanding other people subsidize their wasted lives. This particular girl very well may have been abused, but it speaks to a broader problem and your definition of “children” is part of that problem.

    • glenp

      so put your money where your mouth is go adopt this crackhead

      if not her go find a felon crackhead to adopt otherwise SHUTTHEHELLUP

      • Spanky

        Do you suppose there is chance of there being a causal relationship between her father’s abuse and her drug usage?

  • peedeenm

    Seriously, if you can’t beat crack out of a kid, what use are you as a parent?

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  • Willey

    Sounds like she deserved what she got.

  • proczach

    Probably just a little incestuous lust in Dad’s head

    • MorganGray

      And just where do you get that idea, Dr. Fraud? Projecting a bit, are we?

    • eruthk

      I think so too. I think there is a sexual component to this. And why for heaven’s sake is nobody concerned about the 2:00 AM nature of this.

  • Christie

    You know I think that a spanking leaving bruises like that may have been over the top. However it was for an over the top offense of going to/getting arrested at a crack party. He smacked her legs really hard, not her face or her hands–her legs,- that will do a lot less damage than crack and a criminal record will. Her legs will heal from these bruises–crack does things to a person that do not heal. Should a 16 year old need a spanking at all–no–but a 16 year old should know better than to go to a crack party. Perhaps if more children had fear of their parents then we would have less miscreants to deal with.

  • Wes

    Its unfortunate the daughter has chose a path to criminalize her parents who are the only ones who care enough to try to stop her path to destruction. The next news story she’s in is so common it won’t make the major news.. Headline; Young Woman Raped and Murdered.

    • Spanky

      Uh do you think there is a chance that having an abusive father might drive a teenager to use drugs?

      • JohnB

        Probably not in this case. More likely the abusive teenager caused the parent(s) to become abusive.

  • Sirlancelots

    I think it unfarir to criticize the mother’s action or lack thereof in this matter. Perhaps she does not have a suit of armor or, maybe she needs help donning it. I doubt the squire was available at 2 am. Also, if the Mom joined the battle it would technically be called a Melee.

  • mapache

    I hope at sentencing they stay in the Renaissance tradition and find an appropriate punishment….maybe the rack or something!

  • Scott Martin

    Arrest Jim Carrey for making Matthew Broderick duel at Medevil Times!

  • Dave

    She had a responsibility to protect the step-daughter? Uh, no. She did not. She has absolutely no responsibility to call the cops or intervene. I hope this daughter gets whats coming to here in foster care. I’m sure she’ll be smoking crack and turning tricks in no time.

    • eruthk

      Ever hear of misprison of felony? A felony assault and battery upon a minor child was going on her home. She did indeed have a duty to call the police.

  • joefriday

    And I suppose if the stepdad did nothing, all you critics would be happy? Not ‘beating her’ and seeing her end up dead or a prostitute in 6 months would be better than a few bruises, right?

    At least this guy cares about her, compared to a lot of ‘parents’ these days… including the parents of the other kids at the crack party.

    Maybe someday this undeserving girl will see what her stepdad is doing for her benefit and will sincerely thank him. Assuming she lives long enough.

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