Benjamin and Hope wanted a loving, nurturing baby sitter, just like any other concerned parents who work during the day but have no family or friends to watch their child. They had done their homework and thought they had discovered her in 21-year-old Alexis Khan. She passed a background check and had credible work experience as a baby sitter, and both of Finn's parents thought she was "a good fit."
Five months into her baby-sitting, however, the Jordans noticed that their trusted and loyal dog, Killian, had become overly protective of Finn when the baby sitter came around. Killian, a black Lab and German shepherd mix, is normally docile and friendly.
Thank God for not only canine instincts but also maternal discernment. As an act of precaution, Hope wanted to record what occurred while Kahn was baby-sitting. So the Jordans planted their iPhone under the couch to record any interactions between the baby sitter and their infant son.
To their horror, it captured the sounds of an abusive baby sitter and a beloved baby shrieking in pain.
Benjamin explained the recording to WCSC: "It started with cussing. Then you hear slap noises, and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. And I just wanted to reach through the audiotape, go back in time and just grab him up."
He further lamented, "To know that (for) five months, I had handed my child to a monster not knowing what was going on in my house for that day."
After reviewing the audio recordings, police arrested Khan. She confessed to the crime, pleaded guilty to assault and battery, and was sentenced to one to three years in prison. She also has been placed on a child abuse registry under the South Carolina Department of Social Services, which will prevent her from working with children in the future.
"That is fantastic news for us to know that maybe Finn's ordeal has possibly saved another child's life," Benjamin responded.
It was with a great sigh of relief that the Jordans told WCSC that Finn is doing well and shows no signs of negative effects from the abuse he suffered at the hands of his baby sitter.
Benjamin concluded, "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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