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Originally published Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8:41 PM

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Arrested man allegedly hogtied 4-year-old girl, shot her with pellet gun

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lynnwood man in connection with child assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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A Lynnwood man who allegedly hogtied a 4-year-old and shot her 36 times with a pellet gun has been arrested by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The 26-year-old man is being held for investigation of second-degree child assault and unlawful imprisonment after the girl told her grandmother and a child-interview specialist this month that she had been punished for waking him up early, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A Sheriff’s Office report says the man “knowingly inflicted bodily harm, which by design caused pain as to the equivalent of that produced by torture.”

A deputy was alerted about the treatment after the girl’s grandmother took her to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett with what she thought was chickenpox. But the girl told her grandmother, and later a child-interview specialist, that the man had bound her hands behind her back and tied her “feet wrists” with plastic zip ties before shooting her several times.

The man and the girl live at the same Lynnwood home, but the Sheriff’s Office has not specified what relation they have to each other.

When a deputy interviewed the man about the marks, he said his son had fired at her with an Airsoft rifle he’d been given for Christmas and that it had since been taken away.

When asked to show the rifle to the deputy, the sheriff’s report says, the man took it off the upper shelf of a master-bedroom closet. The man acknowledged that he’d bound the girl’s wrists and ankles with duct tape for 30 minutes as a punishment, according to the report.

The girl later told a child-interview specialist at Dawson Place, a nonprofit center for child-abuse victims, that the man had shot her with a “BB” gun several times in her bedroom as well, according to the sheriff’s report.

When asked why her mother doesn’t intervene, the report says the girl “said her mom doesn’t care about her getting shot and tied up and said her mom leaves because she doesn’t want to hear her cry.”

She also told the interviewer about other odd punishments at her house. Sometimes she and a sister are asked to lean against a wall with squatted legs for 30 minutes until their feet and legs hurt “really bad.” One time when her room was messy, she said she was forced to pick up her room with her teeth, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

According to the report, the girl said the family shops for zip ties at Fred Meyer and she gets to hold them “because they are mine and (redacted) stuff.”

Alexa Vaughn: 206-464-2515 or avaughn@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @AlexaVaughn.

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