Trust Your Dog! This One Alerted South Carolina Parents to an Abusive Babysitter
Last year, after Benjamin and Hope Jordan moved to Charleston, South Carolina, they needed to find a babysitter for their seven-month-old son, Finn. They settled on Alexis Khan, who came up clean in a background check.
"We felt like Alexis was a good fit at the time," he said, according to Live 5 News.
But Khan wasn't a good fit. She was a monster, but nobody would have discovered that if not for the behavior of the family dog.
"About five months into her being our babysitter, we started to notice that our dog was very defensive of our son when she would come in the door," Benjamin said. "He was very aggressive toward her, and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."
The Jordans were suspicious. They listened to their dog and knew something was wrong. So they hatched a plan, putting an iPhone under the couch to record the audio of what happened the next time Khan came over to babysit.
When they listened to the recording, they were horrified.
"It started with cussing," Benjamin said, according to Live 5 News. "Then you hear slap noises and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up."
The Jordans called Charleston City Police, and officers arrested Kahn, who confessed to abusing the child. Benjamin can hardly believe what happened, and he credits his dog for saving his son's life.
"To know that five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day ..." he said. "Had our dog not alerted us to the trouble, had my wife's instincts not said we need to make something happen, it could have been Finn that was killed by the babysitter. You never know."
Khan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to as long as three years in prison, though she will be eligible for parole after one year. She will also be placed on a child abuse registry and will not be allowed to work with kids again.
Via Live 5 News