Florida teen installs cameras in home to prove parental abuse

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 20:43:00-05

OKALOOSA Co., Fla.  – A Florida mother says her daughter tried to report alleged abuse by her father for years, but no one believed her.

So, the 14-year-old installed security cameras in her home to prove it.

According to an arrest report, the teen turned over two videos to authorities.

In one video given to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, a man identified as Damon Becnel is seen screaming, pointing and even headbutting the teen.

Becnel is also seen yelling at dogs inside the home. At one point, he can be seen hitting the dog and holding an object, which was later identified as a knife, to its neck.

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Later in the video, you can see the man’s daughter jumping on him, yelling at him to stop.

Becnel then shoves the girl against the wall and headbutts her.

According to the arrest report, Becnel was a prominent business owner. His last known business was ABC Resorts in Destin.

After deputies watched the videos, Becnel was arrested on Jan. 2.

He’s now out on bond but will go before a judge on Feb. 4.