Local (to a PLG partner) Man Arrested in Destin on Charges of Child Abuse and Animal Cruelty

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – An Okaloosa County businessman has been arrested on child abuse and tormenting animals charges.

According to arrest reports, Damon Becnel, 47, of Destin, was arrested January 2nd, but the report says the incident happened in December.

The report says on December 24th, the victim reported that Becnel had been physically abusive the day before. A few days later, the victim gave the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office video evidence of the incident, according to the report.

We want to warn some of the details could be disturbing to some readers.

The report says the video shows Becnel yelling at the victim about a dog. The video shows Becnel pulling a knife out and pointing it at the dog, yelling curse words and threatening to cut the dog’s eyeballs out. The report says the video shows Becnel hitting the dog then grabbing it by the throat, throwing the dog to the ground. During this part of the video, reports say the victim was yelling at Becnel to stop.

The report goes on to say the victim jumps on Becnel’s back and yells for him to stop. The report says Becnel grabs the victim by the hair and pushes the victim’s head toward a bed, where the victim’s head hits the frame or the post.

Reports say the next video shows Becnel still has the victim by the hair and yells at the victim. The video reportedly shows Becnel yelling at the victim and headbutting the victim. Reports say you can hear the victim’s head hitting the wall right before the victim starts crying.

According to Chief Assistant State Attorney William Bishop, Becnel was released on $4,000 bond and cannot have contact with the victim.

According to court records, Becnel has a plea hearing set for February.

Original article can be read here.

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