Dog alerts family to child abuse
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From Daily Kos
September 2013

Alexis Khan, a South Carolina woman who had been hired to care for Benjamin and Hope Jordan's seven month old son, has been sentenced to one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to abuse charges. The family dog is credited with alerting his family that something was wrong with their babysitter.

"About five months into her being our baby sitter, we started to notice that our dog was very defensive of our son when she would come in the door," Jordan said. "He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."

The now suspicious parents had a plan.

Hope suggested they place an I-phone under the couch and let the phone record what happens while they were at work.

When the couple got home, they listened to the tape and were horrified what they heard.

"It started with cussing," Jordan said. "Then you hear slap noises and the baby's crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up."

Charleston City Police arrested Khan a few weeks later, and she confessed to the crime.

Khan was ordered to serve one to three years in prison.

As part of her plea, Khan also will be placed on a child abuse registry, which means she is not allowed to work with children. 


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