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Dog Alerts Parents About Abusive Babysitter

Dog Alerts Parents About Abusive Babysitter

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.


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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4:08AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

1:04PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Killian is Finn's hero because he is part of the family! Great job, Killian!

8:19PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

I could never leave my baby with a sitter who wasn't a CLOSE family friend or a relative. The thought of my babies being hurt intentionally by ANYONE is too much

12:37PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Noted, thank you.

7:56AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

A family dog can somehow sense that when something is wrong, he or she may sound the alert button to get your attention. So make sure you keep this in mind. Great job, Killian!

1:32AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

With all the demands to keep working if lucky enough to have a job, enough food and basic needs covered, ALL caregivers (whose market is now filled with abusers, sex offenders and all matter of scum) should be subject to this kind of oversight by those who entrust stewardship to them.

Another example of why dogs are "part of the family", full family members and should be treated with the same respect, love and care.

11:26AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

I don't what size this dog is, but the dog seems to understand the modern mentality, and if the dog bit the baby sitter, it probably would have been euthanized. certainly a lawsuit. I imagine the family will listen to the dog better.

This sounds so improbable, but some drunks came over to get my horse trailer to rescue an abused yearling. It was cut and everything. My special horse smelled the blood, fear, and the scent of the abuser. About 4 years later, my kids were riding my horse in 4H. This man showed up and watched the kids ride-everytime Sam passed that man- she turned her head and snapped her teeth at him, then tried to kick him through the fence. I asked around what his name was, where he lived. I went tot he drunks and asked them if they knew the name of the abuser-it was on the registration papers. It was the same person. The next horse workout, this guy showed up, and my special horse became aggressive to him, where he backed up from the fence. He made some comments, and I asked him if he sold a colt to the J's. Yes, they were drunks. After the kids went riding, he said that he was going to take my horse in hand and train her. I told him that if the horse didn't kill him that I would. I was going to my truck and get my gun. I headed for the truck. The adults told him they didn't know what was going on-but U don't touch horses. I came back with my rifle and the guy and his kids left. I told them the story-gave them J's phone number-the name on papers. I hel

9:14AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

I just want to send my love and support to them. I truly hope that the Jordans aren't hating themselves for this 22 yr old girl and her demons. They did what many normal people do and that was checking backgrounds and records. If someone comes up clean you're not going to sit and think that horrible things are going to happen to your child. That girl deserves the same punishment by someone 3x her size, for what she did to the baby. I would do it myself just to show that girl the same abuse she carried out. People like that are the ones that steal our children's innocence. I hope that girl knows that even though the baby is young he will carry this trauma in the back of his mind for the rest of his life. It may not affect him now or a couple years from now but I bet that around 30 yrs from now he will and it might change his life for the worst. But I pray hard that he never ever does. I am so sorry to you the Jordan family. Your dog is the true nanny of your baby, she will love him and protect him for the rest of her life. I hope and wish you get to enjoy her for many, many years. She's an angel, a true miracle and a gift from above.

7:31AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

I think it was smart of the people to listen to the signs the dog was so strongly trying to get across to them and to put in a recorder that would let them hear everything that was going on while the baby was in that supposed care takers care.
I personally think it would be wise if your leaving children not old enough to speak up for themselves that you have some sort of hidden camera or recorder so you have faith your child is getting proper care.There references may be good but that just could be because she hasn't been caught. You have to be your child's protector whether your there or not.

1:46AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Sounds like what dogs do, they are protective.

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