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A Charleston, South Carolina family credits the family dog with “sniffing out” an abusive babysitter hired to care for their 7-month old son.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan took all the right steps in finding a babysitter for their son, 7-month old Finn. After interviewing several prospects and running criminal background checks, Alexis Kahn seemed like a good fit. The young couple hired Kahn to babysit their son in the family home while they worked during the day.
But, a few months after hiring her, something wasn’t right.
“About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very defensive of our son when she would come in the door,” Benjamin Jordan told WISTV News. “He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.’
The Jordans, having grown suspicious due to their friendly dog’s odd behavior toward Kahn, hid an iPhone under the couch, set to record what happened while they were away at work.
They were horrified by what they heard on the recording.
“It started with cussing,” Jordan said. “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 shared their findings with police who arrested Kahn a few weeks later. Kahn confessed to abusing the baby and was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison as well as placed on a child abuse registry, meaning she will never again be allowed to work with children.
“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.”