KING-5, a local news station in Seattle, Washington reports that a couple who also happen to be very much into RenFaire-style cosplay forced their daughter to fight the stepdad in a medieval-style duel as a form of punishment.
Investigators arrested the 16-year-old girl's stepfather, Fremon Seay, and her mother, Julie Seay, this weekend. According to police, the teen was forced her to dress in armor and fight Fremon Seay with a wooden sword for two hours. Police also said Seay punched and beat his stepdaughter with a tree branch prior to the duel. Investigators said she collapsed from exhaustion. The couple told officers they punished the teen for going to a party without their permission. Investigators learned the couple is part of a group of Renaissance enthusiasts, who recreate fights from the medieval era. Officers said the parents told them it was their right to discipline their child however they see fit.
Photo, KING-TV: Fremon Seay talks to officials.
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