A Wise County man arrested after he was spotted duct taping his 9-year-old stepdaughter to a tree told investigators that the family was playing a game, Sheriff David Walker said Wednesday.
Glenn Castille, 35 said he and the children were playing "air soft wars," a game involving air soft guns, which are similar to paint ball guns, Walker said.
The girl and her 11-year-old brother also told investigators that they were playing a game, he said. However, investigators are concerned because witnesses said the girl was crying shortly before she was duct-taped and she indicated that she had been disciplined in the past with duct tape.
"It was 91 degrees yesterday and she was duct taped to a tree," Walker said. "Is this discipline or a game? We're still investigating."
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Some oil field workers called authorities at 12:17 p.m. after seeing the girl's father tape her to a tree at a residence near Cottondale, authorities said. The workers said they had noticed the girl running down her driveway and crying earlier Tuesday morning.
Wise County deputies arrived about 12:30 p.m. The girl's brother was freeing her and her stepfather was standing behind the tree holding an Airsoft gun, Walker said. The girl had duct tape across her mouth, he said.
Airsoft guns are battery or gas-powered weapons that shoot plastic BBs.
The children's mother arrived home later and also said the family was playing a game, Walker said.
The children have been placed with family friends, and Child Protective Services is investigating.
Castille remained in the Wise County Jail on Wednesday morning, Walker said. He is expected to be arraigned today.