01/28/2013 04:16 pm ET

Stetson Tedder Hog-Tied Stepdaughter, Shot Her With Pellet Gun, Police In Washington Say

A Washington state man is accused of hog-tying his 4-year-old stepdaughter and shooting her more than 36 times with a pellet gun.

Stetson Tedder, 26, said he was punishing the girl for waking him up early and having a messy bedroom, KIRO reports.

The girl's grandmother noticed red markings covering the 4-year-old's body and asked what happened, according to KMVT. At first, the grandmother thought the girl had chicken pox, but the girl said that Tedder tied her up and attacked her with the pellet gun.

Tedder, of Lynwood, was arrested Thursday.

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, according to the New York Daily News.

Police say the weapon used is an airsoft gun, which fires small plastic pellets.

Tedder is charged with second-degree assault of a child. He was held in the Snohomish County Jail.

Child Protective Services removed three children from Tedder's home following the incident.



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