A South Carolina dog is being hailed as a canine hero after flushing out a baby's abuser.
A 22-year-old babysitter, Alexis Khan, is heading to for one to three years after pleading guilty in court this past week to assault and battery, WCSC TV in Charleston reports
, and Benjamin and Hope Jordan, who had hired Khan to babysit their son, Finn, say their dog's actions led to the woman's arrest.
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The Jordans say a background check for Khan, who was to watch their then two-month-old baby, came back clean and they felt like she was a "good fit."
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But after about five months, they started having their doubts when their Labrador-German Shepherd mix, "Killian" started acting aggressively toward the woman.
"About five months into her being our babysitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door," Benjamin Jordan said. "He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."
Jordan told Fox News
that Killian's behavior was very unusual.
“He is a very personable dog so for him to show aggression toward anyone is a sign that something was wrong,” he said.
Hope Jordan suggested that they put an iPhone under their couch to record what was happening when they were at work. When they listened to the recording, they said, they were horrified.
"It started with cussing," the father told WCSC. "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."
The Charleston City Police arrested Khan a few weeks later and she confessed.
Khan will be eligible for parole after serving one year. When she gets out of prison, Khan will also be put on a child abuse registry and will not be allowed to work with children again.
"That is fantastic news to us. To know that maybe Finn's ordeal has possibly saved another child's life in the future," said 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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