When the Charleston, SC couple, Benjamin and Hope Jordan, were looking for a sitter for their 7-month-old son, Finn, 22-year-old Alexis Kahn seemed perfect. They even ran a background check on Kahn just to make sure, which came up clean.
If not for their canine family member’s protectiveness toward their baby boy whenever the babysitter, Alexis Kahn, showed up, the Jordans may not have been put on alert and their son may still have been being abused.
All seemed to be going fine until about five months later when they noticed their dog’s attitude had changed dramatically toward Kahn.
“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. “He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her.”
This behavior mad the Jordans suspicious and kicked a mother’s instinct into high drive. They decided to do some sleuthing to find out exactly what was going on in their home while they were gone and when they did, they were devastated and heartbroken and angry.
Hiding a phone in their couch to record what was happening after they left, they discovered they had been leaving their child with a monster.
“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.
Kahn was arrested and confessed when faced with the recorded evidence of her abuse. She pleaded guilty to assault and battery. Convicted, she was sentenced 1-3 years in prison, will be placed on the child abuse registry and will not be allowed to work with children. Sadly, she will be out on parole within a year, a mere lap on the wrist for abusing a child for months!
The Jordans are thankful that Kahn was arrested and charged, that what happened to their son, who is fine, will save other children from abuse at the hands of Kahn and they are thankful to their dog, who alerted them and saved Finn from more and possibly even worse abuse.
“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.”
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.. this one has four paws and fur and will be little Finn’s best friend and protector as long as he lives!