Dog uncovers babysitter abuse
A couple have revealed how their dog (not pictured) helped them discover that the family babysitter was secretly abusing their baby when they were away from home in America.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan have heaped tonnes of praise on their dog after it started acting aggressively towards their child’s babysitter, Alexis Kahn.
It started off slowly. First the dog would stand in the way of Kahn and the baby then eventually the dog would even have to be restrained to stop it attacking the woman.
It was only after the dog’s behaviour that the couple decided to put a mobile phone under the sofa and record for several hours what was happening when they left their seven month old Finn in the baby sitter’s care.
Bejamin Jordan said that "It started with cussing.
"Then you hear slap noises and his 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.
"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."
The 22 year old baby sitter behind the abuse pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges last week and will serve one to three years in prison.
Charleston City Police then arrested Alexis Kahn, who had passed a criminal background check, and she confessed to the abuse. She will also be placed on the child abuse registry which means she can no longer work with children.
Mr Jordan who was overwhelmed wit how good his dog was said that "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."
The abuse was horrifying and Mrs Jordan described it as a nightmare. She commented that "For seven-and-a-half hours my son cried nearly the entire time. She was cursing at him, calling him horrible names and it came for no reason.
"He wasn't acting up. He hadn't been crying until she left him alone in his crib for hours and of course the physical abuse."
"The biggest concern for us was the slapped noises that we could hear over the audio.
"Obviously we could not tell because it was an audio recording where he was being slapped, but you could hear his cries afterwards and it sounded like he was being shaken.
"You could hear the reverberation in his voice as he is being shaken and that is what disturbed us the most."
Source: Sky News