Thanks to a highly attuned and intelligent dog, a South Carolina couple discovered that their once-trusted babysitter was actually abusing their infant son, Finn, when he was in her care.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan thought they had found the perfect babysitter when they hired 22-year old Alexis Khan. She had good references and passed a background check. ”We felt like Alexis was a good fit at the time,” Benjamin Jordan told WCSC News.
However, Killian, the family dog, was witness to what occurred when Alexis was alone with Finn and eventually he began to speak-out to his family the only way he knew how. About 5-months after Alexis was hired, Killian became fiercely protective of baby Finn when Alexis arrived. He would wildly bark, growl and lunge at her, so much so that the Jordans had to restrain their dog from going near their babysitter. ”He was very aggressive towards her,” Jordan said
The parents were deeply troubled by this behavior as they had never seen Killian act this way towards anyone else.
The Jordans then began wondering if Killian was trying to tell them something about Alexis, so they decided to leave an iphone under the couch on record mode while Alexis was alone with Finn.
The recording they then listened to made them gasp in horror.
First, the Jordans hear Alexis swearing at their baby. The hostile swearing is then followed by the sound of slapping. Next, their baby’s cry goes from distress to audible pain. Making things even worse, the recording picked up the sounds of baby Finn being violently shaken.
“I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up,” said Benjamin Jordan. “To know that for five months I had handed my child to a monster.”
When confronted with the recording, Alexis eventually confessed to abusing the child and pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges last month. Her punishment: up to three years in prison and her name will be added to a national child abuser registry, thus preventing her from ever working with children again.
Fortunately, all of this is now behind Finn and his family – and they all owe this to their loyal and protective black pup, Killian.
“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,” Jordan said.
To meet Killian and hear Benjamin Jordan describe the ordeal click here.