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Police: Teen girl forced to wear armor, swordfight stepfather

Police arrest a Washington couple after they allegedly force their 16-year-old daughter to put on armor and battle her stepfather with a wooden sword for two hours as punishment for attending a party without permission.
/ Source: KING5

A Thurston County couple are accused of beating their daughter and forcing her to fight her stepfather in a medieval-style duel.

Investigators arrested the 16-year-old's stepfather and mother this weekend.

According to police, the teen was forced to dress in armor and fight her stepfather with a wooden sword for two hours. Police also said the stepfather 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.

Police said the girl's mother witnessed the abuse. She is employed at a day care in Yelm.

The couple were scheduled to appear at the Thurston County Courthouse Monday afternoon.