A "real-life Lassie" reportedly alerted a South Carolina family to the abusive babysitter taking care of their infant son.
"About five months into her being our babysitter, we started to notice that our dog was very protective of our son when she would come in the door," Benjamin Jordan told WCSC-TV. "He was very aggressive towards her, and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."
This made the couple more than a little concerned, so Benjamin's wife, Hope, suggested leaving an iPhone beneath the couch to record what was happening while they were away.
When the couple returned home, they were horrified to hear what had transpired.
"It started with cussing. Then you hear slap noises, and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry," Jordan said. "I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up."
Police quickly arrested the babysitter, 22-year-old Alexis Khan, and she pleaded guilty to assault and battery Monday afternoon in Charleston County Circuit Court. Khan was received a 1-3 year prison sentence, and will be placed on a child abuse registry forbidding her from working with children in the future.
"That is fantastic news to us, to know that maybe Finn's ordeal has possibly saved another child's life in the future," Jordan remarked. "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."
He said his son has made a full recovery, and shows no lasting signs of the abuse.
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