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Dog alerts parents to abusive babysitter

Dog's reaction to sitter made parents suspicious.

By Vetstreet Sep 12, 2013 4:07PM

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.”

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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)


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Sep 12, 2013 5:15PM
Sep 12, 2013 5:15PM
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Reason #937 why dogs are angels in disguise...!

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!

Sep 12, 2013 5:15PM
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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.

Sep 12, 2013 5:13PM
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It's almost a certainty that Khan was parroting the way her parents treated her. But it doesn't make Khan's behavior right. Parental abuse will end only when the abused consciously turn their experience into active and guiding empathy for others. Stop the cycle of child abuse. All of us who have been abused must wake up to it and consciously change ourselves from within.
Sep 12, 2013 5:11PM
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  MOM-wants to know  -  You are obviously not someone I would want to leave my child with either  Or my elderly parent for that matter.  Your explosive and judgmental attitude says volumes about who you are.  Maybe you should get off your lazy **** and get some counseling.   Not every child caregiver is bad.  Not every parent has the option of staying home either.  That does not make then a bad parent.  I commend them for being aware and taking action to catch this crazy witch before she killed a child.

Be sure you are hiring someone who has references.  A background check sometimes only means they haven't been caught.
Sep 12, 2013 5:09PM
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Great job doggie !!!!!!!!   This could have lead to another child being killed by nanny.  1st I would have beaten the Hell out of the nanny first,then called the people and say I beat the Hell out of her for she was beating on my kid.  I would have gotten the satisfaction out of beating the hell out of her 1st then called the police.
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