Dog alerts parents to abusive babysitter
Dog's reaction to sitter made parents suspicious.
When the Jordan family moved to Charleston, S.C., with their then 7-month-old son, Finn, they hired a 22-year-old babysitter whose background check had come up clean. And while they trusted Alexis Khan with the care of their baby for five months — their dog didn’t.
“We started to notice that our dog was very defensive of our son when she would come in the door,” said Benjamin Jordan. “He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.”
That made the parents suspicious, and they decided to put a phone under the couch to record what was happening in the house. The audio recording captured the sounds of the sitter cussing at and slapping the baby while he cried.
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Khan was taken into police custody and pleaded guilty to assault and battery. She’ll be placed on a child abuse registry so she won’t be allowed to work with kids again.
— Read it at Life With Dogs
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Photo: Video still of Finn and his dog (Courtesy of WCSC)
My rottweiler/hound mix won't let my daughter out of his sight when we go camping...even followed her into the water to protect her...and he HATES water!
I trust my dogs' instincts. They didn't like my former roommate, so she went bye-bye. I got a new one, and they love and adore her. When I'm in doubt when someone is approaching me, I look to the dogs and see how they react. If they are calm, I'm calm. If they react negatively, I'm very cautious and put them between me and the person approaching me. Dogs know things people don't.
Be sure you are hiring someone who has references. A background check sometimes only means they haven't been caught.
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