A South Carolina family’s dog can’t be praised enough for looking out for a seven-month-old boy, Finn. Benjamin and Hope Jordan say their dog alerted them to the possibility that 22-year-old Alexis Khan, the babysitter they had hired to care for Finn, was abusing the boy, says Live 5 News.
After moving to Charleston last year, the Jordans hired Khan to watch Finn. Khan’s background check showed nothing for them to be concerned about.
Five months passed, during which Benjamin Jordan noticed that, when Khan appeared at their house, the family dog (who is not named by Live 5 News) became “very protective” of little Finn. The dog became “very aggressive towards” Khan, to the point that Jordan and his wife “actually had to physically restrain [their] dog from going towards her” a few times.
Puzzled about all this, the Jordans placed an iPhone under a couch to figure out what exactly was going on while they were at work and Khan was in their house with Finn. What they heard revealed that Khan had been abusing their son, says Jordan:
“It started with cussing. 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.”
“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.”
A few weeks later, Khan was arrested by the Charleston City Police. She confessed to the crime and, this past Monday, was sentenced to one to three years in prison. As part of her plea, Khan must have her name placed on a child abuse registry, meaning that she will not be able to work with children again.
The Jordans tell Live 5 News that Finn has been all right since suffering the abuse from Khan. They are certainly more than grateful for their dog, as Jordan effuses:
“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.”
Indeed you never can. Parents, and anyone who cares for someone who is elderly or has disabilities, face the same worries about the potential for abuse by the very person whose care a vulnerable individual has been entrusted to. It is precisely due to such concerns that it has been years since my husband and I have left our teenage autistic son Charlie in anyone else’s care in our house.
Some families use baby monitors, security cameras or webcams. In August, reports about such devices being taken over by hackers, one of whom then yelled obscenities at an infant girl, show that such technology is hardly foolproof.
As the Jordans’ dog showed by his efforts to protect Finn, there are some very good reasons that dogs — whether as service and therapy dogs or as members of a family — have a reputation for being human’s, and a child’s, best friend.
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