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Wash. man accused of binding stepdaughter, 4, shooting her with pellet gun

Stetson Tedder
Stetson Tedder

(CBS) - Police said a Washington man is accused of binding his 4-year-old stepdaughter with zip ties and duct tape and then shooting her with a pellet gun, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reports.

Stetson Tedder, 26, appeared in court Friday under investigation of domestic violence and assault of a child after allegedly shooting more than 36 pellets at his stepdaughter from an airsoft rifle. Tedder reportedly said he was punishing the girl for waking him up early and having a messy room.

The girl's grandmother, upon seeing the impact of the pellets, initially thought she had chicken pox and took her to the hospital where nurses called 911, according to KIRO-TV.

The girl told detectives that her mother left the room when Tedder shot her with a pellet gun because she didn't want to hear her daughter cry, the station reports.

Detectives allege that Tedder tortured his stepdaughter multiple times. Child Protective Services removed three children from the home after the incident.

Tedder was charged with second-degree assault and had his bail set at $25,000, CBS Seattle reports. The little girl was placed with a relative while other siblings in the house were taken in by Child Protective Services.