Deputies: 'Renaissance fighter' forced girl to fight for hours

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Fremon Seay
YELM, Wash. -- Deputies have arrested a man accused of forcing his daughter to engage in an hours-long wooden-sword fight with him while wearing body armor.

Thurston County deputies said 38-year-old Fremon Seay had grown angry at his 16-year-old daughter, who'd run away from home.

After he somehow managed to get the girl back home, he had one of his other children fetch willow branches from the backyard early Sunday morning. He fashioned switches out of these branches, deputies said, then sat on top of his daughter and whipped her backside and legs.

But Seay, unsatisfied with the punishment, decided to put the girl in Renaissance-age body armor and arm her with a shield and a wooden sword, investigators said. He then allegedly forced her to engage in a sword fight with him in the backyard at 2 a.m., and beat her for two hours until she could no longer stand.

"I think she made attempts to fight back and defend herself. But she's a 100-pound 16-year-old, and he's a 300-pound adult. And he got the better of her," said Lt. Greg Elwin.

The girl, who was badly bruised, managed to send a text message to her friend, who, in turn, called police.

When officers arrived at Seay's home, he claimed he was a "Renaissance fighter," investigators said. Seay was booked into the Thurston County Jail for investigation of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

"He made some statement that now she was 16, they could fight about the problems and work it out that way," Elwin said. "It seems to be his way to discipline and (a way to) control his daughter."

The man's wife, Julie May Seay, was also arrested for investigation of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon as an accessory. Investigators said the woman encouraged the fighting to "wipe the smirk off the teenager's face."

Julie Seay works at a daycare center in Yelm, according to court documents.