Dogs can be an excellent judge of character. In the case of a Charleston, South Carolina family’s dog, his judgement was heroic.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan thought it was incredibly suspicious that their dog was suddenly showing a lot of aggression toward the babysitter they hired to watch their 7-month-old son.
“He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her,” the parents said.
Worried about the safety of their child, the concerned parents set up an iPhone to record what was happening the next time the sitter was in the home. Their suspicions were right: the recording revealed that the sitter, 21-year-old Alexis Khan, was screaming obscenities at the baby, along with sounds of slapping and distressed cries from the child. The recording was enough to have Khan arrested. In Charleston County Circuit Court, Khan pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges and will be imprisoned for 1-3 years. Her child care days are over: she’s now required to register on a child abuse registry, preventing her from working with children again.
The Jordans are relieved that Khan will no longer be working with children.
“That is fantastic news to us. To know that maybe Finn’s ordeal has possibly saved another child’s life in the future,” said Mr. Jordan. ”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.”
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