A Charleston area couple claims that their dog helped ID a baby abuser in their house that was working as a babysitter for their seven month old son.
That babysitter, Alexis Khan, age 22, pleaded guilty to assault and battery Monday afternoon in Charleston County Circuit Court, according to WCSC-TV.
Benjamin and Hope Jordan hired Khan to babysit their son Finn last year after they moved to Charleston. They say Khan came up clean in a background check.
"We felt like Alexis was a good fit at the time," said Benjamin Jordan.
They hired 22-year-old Alexis Khan, However their confidence in Khan didn't last too long.
"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," Jordan said about the black lab named Killian.
"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 iPhone 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 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 five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day," said Jordan.
Charleston City Police arrested Kahn a few weeks later, and she confessed to the crime.
After pleading guilty, Khan was ordered to serve one to three years in prison.
As part of her plea, Kahn also will be placed on a child abuse registry, which means she is not allowed to work with children.
"That is fantastic news to us. To know that maybe Finn's ordeal has possibly saved another child's life in the future," said Jordan.
"Had our dog not alerted us to the trouble, had my wife's instincts not said we need to make something happen, it could have been Finn that was killed by the babysitter. You never know."
According to WCSC, Khan will could get parole after a year in prison
The Jordans told the TV station that Finn seems to be fine and has no apparent signs from the abuse