A hero dog alerted one Charleston, S.C. family that their babysitter, a 22-year-old woman, was being abusive to their 7-month old son. In a case of man's (or infant's) best friend and babysitter’s worst enemy, Killian, a black lab and German shepherd mix, is being credited with bringing an end to every parent’s worst nightmare – that someone is being abusive to their child, reports the Inquisitr on Sept. 13.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan moved to Charleston, S.C. and needed a sitter for their 7-month-old son Finn. So they did what every parent does, checked references and even did a background check on the woman they ultimately chose to be their son’s daytime guardian, 22-year-old Alexis Khan.
It wasn’t long after that however that the Jordans noticed something strange in Killian’s reaction to the sitter. Normally a friendly pooch, Killian would get defensive when Khan was around, even going so far as to get in between Khan and infant Finn.
Benjamin and Hope knew immediately something wasn’t right.
“We noticed the dog was getting very defensive when Alexis was around. He would growl and stand between her and our son. His hair would stand up on the back of his neck and we knew something was up,” Benjamin said.
Benjamin even had to physically hold Killian back from attacking the sitter, who had been with the family since Finn was only two months old.
“He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her,” Benjamin said.
The family’s plan? Based on their faith in their dog’s intuition, Hope suggested that they leave their iPhone under the couch and record what was happening during the day.
“It started with cussing,” Benjamin said, clearly emotional when he recounts the story. “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…” Benjamin’s words trail off.
The audio evidence was enough for investigators to take Khan into custody, where she later pleaded guilty to child abuse and battery.
Khan "will serve one to three years in prison, and be placed on a child abuse registry. She will not be allowed to work with children and will be eligible for parole after completing one year of her sentence," reports the Inquisitr.
“Who knows how many children she has abused or how many more she would have had it not been for our dog,” asked Benjamin. “Had our dog not alerted us to the trouble, it could have been Finn that was killed by the babysitter. You never know.” Benjamin said.