Family Dog Saves Baby From Abusive Babysitter
There is something extraordinary about the bond between man and dog. They truly are man’s best friend. They are loyal, protective, and extremely intuitive. They have an uncanny ability to judge the true character of a person. Many devoted dog owners say, “If my dog doesn’t like you, I don’t like you either.”
Black lab, Killian, illustrated this sentiment perfectly. When Benjamin and Hope Jordan moved to Charleston, South Carolina, the couple needed to find a nanny for their young son, Finn. They began carefully searching for the perfect fit for their little family. The cautious parents did all the appropriate research and finally thought they found the right person for the job.
All seemed to go well until about five months later. Benjamin and Hope noticed that their dog’s behavior toward the nanny begins to change. Benjamin said, “He started getting real defensive. At first, he would stand in between her and our son, and then gradually turned into more aggression towards her.”
Overall, Killian was an extremely laid back, friendly dog, so his aggressive behavior was completely out of the ordinary and really began to worry the parents. Their dog was trying to tell them that something was wrong.
Hope’s motherly intuition suspected that Killian’s behavior change was a warning, so she and Benjamin decided to hide an iPhone under the couch, and have it record audio while they were gone one day. Later that day, the couple listened to the seven and half hours of audio and were shocked. Mrs Jordan described what she heard in the recording as “a nightmare”.
Hope told what the recording revealed: “For seven and a half hours my son cried nearly the entire time. She was cursing at him, calling him horrible names…for no reason. He wasn’t acting up; he hadn’t been crying until she left him alone in his crib for hours, or, of course, the physical abuse.”
“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.” Charleston City Police arrested Khan, who had initially passed a criminal background check conducted by the Jordans, a few weeks later and she confessed to the abuse.
On the recording, they also heard what was assumed to be a “slap noise” of the nanny striking Finn and sounds that led them to believe that the infant was also being shaken. The horrified parents went to the police immediately. The nanny is now facing 1-3 years in prison.
Benjamin and Hope are so very grateful for Killian’s protective instinct and bond with their young son Finn. Who knows how far the abuse might have progressed had Killian not warned them.
Mr Jordan told Fox News, “He is a very personable dog so for him to show aggression toward anyone is a sign that something was wrong because he never shows aggression. “Just the simple mannerisms of him raising his hair up, getting excited, getting worried about our son, was definitely enough to make us understand that he was trying to tell us something about this babysitter.”