It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
New parents Benjamin and Hope Jordan were very thorough in their search for a babysitter for their infant son, Finn. After a background check on 22-year-old Alexis Khan came up clean, the Jordans thought they’d found a responsible person to care for their baby while they were at work.
“About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door,” Benjamin said. “He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.”
Little did they know the exact opposite was true, that Khan would verbally and physically abuse their 7-month-old son for nearly five months before she was caught. Thanks to the family’s dog, Labrador Retriever–German Shepherd mix Killian, Khan is now behind bars where she belongs.
Killian was the only witness to the abuse Finn suffered at the hands of his babysitter, and the loyal Lab mix wasn’t afraid to make his feelings about Alexis Khan known to his owners. Whenever Khan entered the Jordans’ house, Killian would growl and stand between her and little Finn, seemingly defending the baby from his babysitter. Benjamin and Hope were flabbergasted.
The dog’s behavior was quite unusual to them, which made them wonder. But, of course, they initially thought their pet hated her because she had been abusive towards him, so they propped an iPhone beneath one of the couches in their living room.
It had the sound recorder enabled, but according to court documents and officials, it was not the sounds of the dog being abused they heard but the painful cries of their child being dealt with by Khan.
They heard her talking to the baby rudely and using expletives while they heard him crying. They also heard noises that sounded like Khan had also physically assaulted their child. Jordan said: “We just could not believe it.”
They quickly got the baby to the hospital for a checkup. Doctors determined nothing was wrong, but the cops were alerted. There was initial concern that an audio recording would not suffice to press charges against Khan; however, a Charleston police detective got a full confession out of her.
About a year later, Khan appeared in court and pleaded guilty to assault and battery, after which she was sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison. Her name has also been placed in a registry of child abusers, ensuring that she will never work with children again.
Meanwhile, the hero of the day, Killian, received training to become a psychiatric service animal. There’s no doubt he’s been getting a lot more treats since then.
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