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Protective family dog sniffs out child-abusing baby sitter
Question of the Day
Police have arrested a child-abusing babysitter in Charleston, S.C., and one couple says it's their intuitive dog that helped sniff her out.
After a background check came back clean, Benjamin and Hope Jordan hired 22-year-old Alexis Khan to babysit their son Finn last year after they moved to Charleston, a local television station reported.
"We felt like Alexis was a good fit at the time," Mr. Jordan told WCSC. "About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door. He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."
Growing suspicious, the parents hid an iPhone under a couch in their home and hit record.
"It started with cussing," Mr. Jordan said of the recording. "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," he added.
Charleston City Police arrested Kahn a few weeks later, and she pleaded guilty to assault and battery Monday afternoon in Charleston County Circuit Court, WCSC reported.
She was ordered to serve one to three years in prison and will be placed on a child abuse registry.
"That is fantastic news to us. To know that maybe Finn's ordeal has possibly saved another child's life in the future," Mr. Jordan told the station. "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 baby sitter. You never know."
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