Father-daughter Renaissance "fight" ends in arrests

Tacoma News TribuneOctober 18, 2011 

A Washington state man reportedly upset with his 16-year-old daughter because she went to Puyallup without parental approval Saturday night is accused of forcing her to suit up in armor and then beating her with a wooden sword for two hours until she could no longer stand, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The father, identified as Freemon Everett Seay, 38, is a Renaissance fair enthusiast. He also donned armor and gave her a wooden sword before the assault, Thurston County sheriff’s Lt. Greg Elwin said.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Elwin said.

Seay was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon early Sunday at his home in the 19000 block of 135th Lane Southeast outside of Yelm, Elwin said. Seay’s wife, Julie May Seay, 42, also was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon as an accessory, Elwin said.

According to court papers, Seay told sheriff’s deputies that his daughter was “at a crack house” earlier that night.

At a court hearing Monday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor ordered Freemon Seay held at the Thurston County Jail and set his bail at $10,000. He cannot have contact with the 16-year-old, according to Tabor’s order. He also can’t have contact with any children without the supervision of a “responsible adult.”

Julie Seay’s bail was set at $5,000. She also was in custody at the Thurston County Jail on Monday. She also is not allowed to have contact with her daughter, according to the judge’s order. She cannot have contact with any minor children unless she is being supervised by a “responsible adult,” Tabor also ordered.

Julie Seay works full time at the Loving and Learning Childcare Center, court papers state. She is the 16-year-old’s stepmother, according to court papers.

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