BERTHOUD, Colo. — The daughter of a former Berthoud police officer who was captured on camera being viciously beaten by her father is speaking out for the first time.
Jeremy Yachik was fired from his job with the Berthoud Police Department after the video surfaced in 2013. Yachik never spent time in jail, instead he was sentenced to three years of supervised probation.
In the video, Yachik is accused of beating his daughter after she snuck a few carrots out of the refrigerator.
“He got mad at me for eating carrots. Like the video, that’s what the video is over. Me getting hit and punched over carrots. Like, what kind of person does that?” Savannah Yachik said in an exclusive interview with FOX31 Denver.
The images are difficult to watch. At one point, Savannah is seen getting kicked in her side.
“I would go to school with black eyes. But I would have to tell my teachers, ‘Oh, I was playing with my little brother and he hit me in the eye,’” she said.
“While you’re going through this, what’s going through your mind?” asked FOX31 Denver reporter Kevin Torres.
“What did I do to deserve this?” Yachik said.
There were times when Savannah Yachik thought, "This is it. I’d rather die."
“There was a point where I hid a box cutter under my bed because he would come into my room in the middle of the night and wake me up. There were multiple times where I thought about killing myself or hurting him. But I never did because I’m not that kind of person,” Yachik said.
For 12 years she said she had to deal with her father abusing her.
“He had threatened to kill me on more than one occasion,” she said.
The worst thing Savannah Yachik says she had done to her was when she says her father choked her. She says he also made her run up stairs for hours on end and if she stopped, he would slam her to the ground.
These days, Savannah Yachik is doing well. She just graduated from high school and is about to go to college in the fall.
She received an award for her courage and plans to be an advocate for child abuse victims. Her words of advice to kids dealing with abuse: “Go tell someone. Whether it’s a teacher, or another family member - heck call the cops yourself,” she said.
As for Jeremy Yachik, Savannah says she hasn’t talked to him in a year and a half. She says he’s working for an Internet provider in Colorado.