They don't call them man's best friend for nothing...
This week in feel-good news, a South Carolina family's beloved pooch is getting a little extra love than usual, after his quick-thinking and wild behavior alerted them to something no family ever wants to go through: The nanny was abusing their son.
According to CNN, Benjamin and Hope Jordan went about hiring a nanny in the usual way parents do: They ran a background check, conducted an interview and trusted their own instincts that their 7-month-old son Finn would be safe in her care. But they never suspected what was really going on in their house once they left for work.
For five months, everything seemed to go smoothly. Until suddenly, their dog Killian started to act a bit, well, out of character. And curiously, it was only when the nanny came around.
As dad Benjamin Hope told CNN's Chris Cuomo, "[Killian] was very defensive of our son whenever she would come in the door. He was very aggressive towards her, and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her."
Killian's suddenly wild behavior was so focused on the nanny, so seemingly purposeful, that it couldn't help but leave the Hopes feeling suspicious about her. And so, on a hunch, they devised a pretty smart tactic to see what was up: They left one of their iPhones on voice recorder under the couch while they went to work. (Clever alternative if you don't have a nanny cam!)
Unfortunately, what they heard when they played it all back that night shocked and saddened them.
Their nanny, 22-year-old Alexis Kahn, could be heard telling their crying 7-month-old to "f***ing shut up!" among other awful things. Even worse, the sound of slapping could be heard in the background.
Thanks to Killian, though, Kahn is now facing three years in prison for her abuse. She's since pleaded guilty to assault and battery, has been placed on a child abuser registry, and is even banned from ever working with kids again.