By Diana Hefley Herald Writer
EVERETT — A judge Wednesday ordered a Lynnwood man not to contact his children while he is being prosecuted for allegedly tying up and shooting his 4-year-old stepdaughter with an AirSoft gun.
Lawyers told Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Anita Farris that Stetson Tedder’s children are living with a relative. Police removed them from the family home after allegations surfaced last month that Tedder tortured his stepdaughter. He is accused of hog-tying the girl with plastic zip ties and duct tape and shooting her with a toy gun that fires plastic BBs.
The girl was covered in dozens of welts, court papers said. She also has scars on her wrists and ankles, which medical experts believe came from being bound with ligatures, deputy prosecutor Adam Cornell wrote.
Police found zip ties, including one in a garbage bag in the child’s room, which “appeared to have numerous teeth marks that suggested the restraint had been chewed,” Cornell wrote.
Tedder, 26, made a brief court appearance Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault of a child.
The defendant bailed out of jail shortly after his Jan. 24 arrest. Cornell on Wednesday asked the judge to double Tedder’s bail to $50,000. Tedder is facing a serious criminal charge that if convicted, could send him to prison for nearly four years, Cornell said.
Tedder’s attorney argued that her client doesn’t have any criminal convictions and recently was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force. He is cooperating with Child Protective Services in the dependency case, she said.
“He’s not a danger to his children,” the defense attorney said.
Farris agreed to raise the bail to $50,000 but agreed to give Tedder a day to post bond. The judge was told Tedder is expected to be able to come up with the money and remain out of custody.
Trial is scheduled for March 29.
Farris sternly advised Tedder not to have any contact with his children or wife. Tedder’s wife has obtained protective orders to keep him away from her and their children.
Tedder allegedly told investigators that he would duct tape the girl’s wrists to restrain her as punishment, but never longer than 30 minutes. He also said the girl must have heard about hog-tying from listening to him playing Red Dead Redemption, a video game that Tedder said features restraining people for extra points.
Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; firstname.lastname@example.org.