Any parent who has ever hired a babysitter knows the agony of finding someone who will care for and nurture their children. You want someone who is trustworthy. Someone who is patient. Maybe even someone who will make a healthy snack or pull together a craft to entertain your child.  

At the very least — and I mean the very bottom of the barrel here — you want someone who will not abuse your children.  

Hope and Benjamin Jordan of Charleston, S.C., thought they had found all of that when they hired 22-year-old Alexis Khan to babysit their 7-month-old son, Finn. But thanks to a tip from their family dog, they soon learned that this was not the case.

As the Jordans describe it, about five months after the couple hired Khan, they noticed that their dog, Killian, became very upset and protective of Finn whenever Khan was around. They even noticed a few occasions when they had to physically restrain Killian because he was so aggressive towards her.  

Hope decided to trust her dog's instincts. The couple set up a simple iPod voice recorder app one day when Khan was babysitting. Not only did they hear Khan shouting obscenities at their son, but they also recorded the sounds of slapping followed by sharp cries of pain. The recording was enough to get Khan arrested. She please guilty to the crime and now faces one to three years in jail. She will also be placed on a child abuse registry that will prevent her from ever working with children again.

"That is fantastic news to us. To know that maybe Finn's ordeal has possibly saved another child's life in the future," Benjamin Jordan told WNEM News.

They can thank their lucky stars that everything turned out alright. And they can thank their super pooch for letting them know about the trouble. Check out the video of the story above.

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