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Abusive Babysitter Exposed by Family Dog

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell    September 16, 2013 at 02:13PM / (113) comments

Two parents in South Carolina knew something wasn’t right when their normally mild mannered and playful dog started acting strange toward the babysitter they hired to watch their infant son.


Their dog’s behavior eventually led to the babysitter being convicted of abusing that same child.


Benjamin and Hope Jordan are like any other working parents; they needed to find someone to watch their son, Finn, while they worked to provide for their family.


After moving to Charleston, SC last year, they placed an ad and did all they thought they needed to do to ensure their 7-month-old child would be in good hands, including a background check on 21-year-old Alexis Khan.


The babysitter had been left alone with Finn and their dog, Killian, several times over five months when they noticed something terribly wrong with Killian when the sitter would come into the house.


“He was very aggressive towards her and a few times we actually had to physically restrain our dog from going towards her,” Benjamin Jordon told WTVR News


They decided to place an iPhone under the couch and record what happened after they left the home. What they heard on the recordings would horrify any parent.


They heard Finn crying and the babysitter telling him to “shut up,” and then slapping noises are heard on the tape. Eventually Finn’s cries turned from distress to pain, according to Jordon.


“I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time, and just grab him up,” he says.


Khan was arrested a few weeks later and charged with assault and battery. She was sentenced to serve 1-3 years in prison and will be eligible for parole after one year. The former babysitter will never be able to work with children again due to being placed on a child abuse registry.


The Jordons are very happy their dog alerted them to the abuse and say he might have saved Finn or another child’s life.


The family reports that Finn is doing very well and doesn’t appear to have any lasting scars from his five months of abuse.


Image: via WTVR CBS 6 News Facebook page


Source: WTVR News

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  • Former nanny & dog lover.
    08/28/2015 07:38am

    People need to do a more thorough check of their young babysitter. Most are not trained to be one in the first place. I have a child development background and know better to hit a child for ANY reason.

    I used to get turned down for jobs because the couple hired a younger nanny, only to find out later that they were horrible as a nanny. I was given the job when they fired them and was with the client until the baby was old enough to go to preschool. I trained them to know their colors, shapes and alphabet before the age of one! It's actually easy to do when you make it fun for them.

    I'm doing other work now, but miss the many delightful children I cared for in the past. Best job ever! I was a mom of a 3 year old boy when I became a nanny for the first time. Prior to that, I was a Director of a large preschool in the city I live in now.

  • 08/28/2015 06:37pm

    Ok who needs all that much of your background? The first thing I was thinking was how good that dog is. Then how scary it would be for the parents. Then I was like "why is this person making the FIRST COMMENT going on and on about themselves here?"

  • 08/29/2015 09:05am

    Wow, what a negative person you are!

    Are you one of the teenagers I replaced as a nanny a few years ago? Not everybody has the training to be a childcare giver. I became a nanny for two reasons: I wanted to be the one who did the initial training of my child(ren) and I had worked in the daycare industry for years and did not want my children in a daycare facility full of teenaged workers or workers who had very little training in early childhood education. Most of my education was experienced and self taught with reading many books on the subject.

    In fact, reading to a child a lot, will increase their I.Q. That comes from several books I read on the brain. I know that it works because I read almost 25 to 30 fun books a day to my son and the two boys I took care of for 2 years. One is an attorney and the other is a dentist. I don't know their I.Qs. My own son has an I.O. of 155 and is working in a foreign country with his foreign born wife and making all kinds of money without the 4 year college degree. So if you have children, and they are still young, read to them a lot.

    Bet you wished you hadn't said something negative about my post. I feel sorry for you as you can only think of something negative to say about my post. Hope you feel better soon and that you don't have any children past the age of 23 living off you.

  • 08/29/2015 02:17pm

    Kt5555 was Not really being Negative, she was only Speaking the Truth... YOU WERE BRAGGING ON YOURSELF... Should have been Bragging on THE DOG, and being Glad that they Found Out that Their Child was being Abused.. I myself feel that YOU made This Totally about Yourself... Trying to give yourself a Pat on the Back or a Poorly Written Resume'... Maybe YOU should Listen to a few Comments about Negativity,,, THIS STORY WAS NOT ABOUT YOU OR YOUR "BACK PATTING SELF",,, Not to mention, YOU Putting Down Teens.. There Are actually Teens out there that are Not Child Abusers as Sitters, which You make them ALL Seem to be, just because of Their Age... Take Note: PEOPLE REALLY DON'T LIKE BRAGGERS!!

  • 10/14/2015 09:20am

    She isn't bragging. She's trying to get others to understand:
    It's not an easy job; You get better with experience; You have to be patient with the little ones; She KNOWS what she's talking about so you can take her word for it.

    She's not bragging, only trying to get those with little experience to listen and learn do's and don'ts if you want to do a good job.

  • 12/28/2015 10:09pm

    She IS bragging and so are you. I worked in Day Care Centers for 6 years (in my younger days) and it's NOT a hard job. It's FUN.

    If a person finds a child care job to be difficult then LEAVE THE JOB. There is NEVER an excuse for hitting a baby!

    Good job DOGGIE! Personally, I would have let the nanny go before setting up the video. Partly because it would have made me suspicious as to why a normally nice dog hates her, and partly because I'd be worried the dog would bite her while I was not there.

  • 05/24/2016 08:42am

    Wow, I feel sorry for the person(s) covering your ass if you don't think child care is hard work. Yes, it is fun, but it is also difficult, and working with a team at a center is different than individual care.

    Spreading the idea that child care is an easy job is harmful, because a) it's not always and b) people going into the job believing that's it's easy will react in different ways when they realize it's not. Some might leave the profession, but some respond with abuse, like shaking or hitting an infant because he/she won't stop crying. Taking tickets at a movie theater is easy. Taking care of children isn't, and shouldn't be. That doesn't mean it can't be fun, too, but if you think it's easy, you're doing it wrong.

    And excuse me, but how exactly is GGma4RL supposedly 'bragging too' when she didn't mention ANYTHING about herself? Are you sure you know what bragging is? And so what if NannieOakley went on too long about her credentials in support of her post? She offered sound advice, and has a background to back it up.

  • 05/29/2016 04:50pm

    While they may have suspected it, proof is best. Otherwise, she would be doing the same thing to someone else's child and who knows possible something worse. Now she is paying for what she has
    done and is a registered child abuser.

  • 08/04/2016 05:42pm

    I understand what you mean about letting the nanny go due to how the dog was acting, however I have to say Kudos to the parents for setting up that recording! Had they not, there would be no evidence to prosecute her and she could be off abusing another child. Love the dog for its courage as well!

  • 09/02/2016 05:39pm

    Obviously, cinthomas has a "reverse-osmosis" personality: doing the last thing first and doing the first thing last. If you get rid of the nanny before setting up a video recorder, who will you be monitoring? Will you leave the dog at home alone with the child? I bet you have no kids and you have no husband because of your "reverse-osmosis" negative, wishy-washy personality. That woman was NOT boasting. She was only pointing out the fact that parents need to be careful and insist on hiring only trained and qualified people to baby-sit their children. The best baby sitters have their own children. Teenagers are the WORST baby sitters, because they need to be watched themselves. They are selfish, careless, impatient and negligent. That baby may have no visible physical scars right now, but he may have been psychologically scarred for life. His mind has recorded everything and lets hope he does not play it out later in life to become a wife beater or a child abuser. We must be careful how we treat the kids because when they grow up, they replicate whatever treatment they were given in childhood. Treat the children nicely.

  • 10/14/2016 04:42pm

    I had wonderful teens watching my children when they were little. Teens have made great sitters forever. Be real. Another comment on yourself -- "I am the only one fit to watch your child because I can read preschool books."

  • 05/16/2016 08:47pm

    The first comment may have not been bragging but the second comment she made certainly was!

    we had a dog like the one in the article. She thought my son was her baby and no one got close to him.

  • 09/07/2016 10:04pm

    This comment has been flagged as inappropriate.

  • 10/14/2016 04:37pm

    They are not going to get what they need from a post about a DOG! It sounds, to me, like she is running down these parents (who will never read this) for not having her flown in to be their nanny! Get over yourselves - Good Dog!

  • 09/21/2016 06:19am

    And we are supposed to do what you say because????? We should never be afraid to be who we are or the successes in our lives. We can brag anywhere we want. These are the types of people who tell gays to not be gay, tell other ethnicities they are not equal so sit down and be quiet. We have a right to say and do anything we want whenever and wherever we please! You need to stop telling people what they can and can't do! We have rights and equality in this Country. Should we never fill out the social media site areas, "About Me" because it may make you feel inferior? Stop worrying what people do or don't brag about!!!! You are not the personality and success police! People sit behind these computer screens and feel they are entitled to police everyone around them. It's like a pack of animals, when one attacked and gets a taste of blood the others jump in to fit in!!!! Fit in by being a kind human!!!
    Tell people what to do on these posts and you will get called down every time!!! It's called being human!

  • 10/14/2016 04:44pm

    Tell Donald Trump and Billy Bush that. This was a heart-warming story ABOUT A DOG. Not a resume for her to find a nanny job!

  • 09/01/2015 01:42pm

    I was thinking the same thing when "Nannie Oakley" went on and on about herself like she was (poorly) doing a resume for a job. Forget that a cute little dog saved his Best Boy Forever from possible real harm.
    Now she is being Lil Nasty Oakley with this incredibly rude rude post. Wow.
    Who made this all about you Oakley? I bet you were a real treat to gave as a Nanny. Smh

  • 10/14/2015 10:12am

    You need a chill pill. Your post makes you sound as if you have had a very bad day and we get the aftermath.
    Or are you jealous of her education?
    Either way, you have a lot of anger brewing.

    A good detective doesn't tell the robber about all the cameras in the room or even indicate there might be one. The nanny will just go far enough to the left or right so as to be out of the camera's focus to do her nastiness.

    Ya need to be smarter than what or who you're trying to catch or ya ain't gonna catch nothin'.

    Calm down so you can think straighter.

  • 10/14/2015 12:50pm

    Funny. Clearly you are the one that needs to take a "chill pill", responding to a discussion that occurred a month and a half ago. Go get some friends and calm down. Oh, and you know nothing about me. Don't bother to respond. I didn't know I was still active at this site and have turned off all responses, etc. what a loser.

  • 10/31/2015 03:54am

    lol you must be Alexis Khans close relative. The baby did something Alexis didn't like, so she told the kid to "$tfU you loser!!!!" So you read a post (nobody forces you to) you don't like and right away you get all full of jihad, telling others what they may and may not post here.

  • 05/24/2016 07:54am

    Guess what? This article keeps trending, and the discussion hasn't died yet. So what if someone came across the article and responded later than you? NannieOakley offered her advice and perspective based on her experience; and even if it was a little long winded, you're the one name calling, hurling insults, and offering nothing constructive. Who's the rude one here?

  • 07/18/2016 01:52pm

    her education is self taught. that does not qualify someone to indicate that they have a higher education in childhood education.

  • 08/07/2016 01:05am

    Her education may be self taught but I would prefer someone who has experience and common sense than a book educated person who doesn't have a ounce of common sense. Things don't always happen by the book, experience goes a long way.

  • 10/14/2016 04:46pm

    OMG -- now you are saying that she thinks you should tell the nanny you are going to record her? PAAAALEASE! This was about her dog - not this woman and her nanny abilities!

  • 05/23/2016 05:31pm

    How about the fact that she "trained" them, not taught them. She is acting like the children are animals. Hmmmmmm

  • 09/18/2015 05:54pm

    You're right. Not everyone has proper childcare training. I wonder how new parents manage.

  • 10/14/2015 09:22am

    If they're smart, they'll take it slow and easy.

  • 10/14/2015 10:23am

    New parents may be nervous but they take their time and do a better job than a nanny because that baby is THEIRS! And they LOVE it.
    You should know by now: People are more caring of what they have than someone who comes in just for the hours to earn a few bucks.
    You're being snide.

  • 01/04/2017 09:31am

    Really? That'when your instincts kick in and you do what you need to do. You can't learn these things from a book written by some bleeding heart liberal like Mickey Obama or Crooked Hilary, .who says a baby is not a human until it's born. Too bad her mother didn't abort her in her tri-mester. I'm sure glad that B***H didn't get elected, maybe she'll crawl back in her hole or hopefully a prison cell.

  • 01/12/2017 04:57am

    J HAT
    Pray tell me how a post made back in 2014 about a smart dog that rolled on the nannie originally turns into an election rant about crooked Hillary. Not that I liked her but that was a bit off subject don't you think?? People truly amaze me really a smart dog tho...just sayin'

  • 12/16/2015 03:32am

    newsflash lots of us read to our children!and do all kinds of things with and for them, although I never really looked at it as "training" lol your coworkers must love you

  • 05/16/2016 08:50pm

    she makes sound like she was training a dog. you teach a child.

  • 05/03/2016 01:59am

    I was a elementary teacher and I have taught children and I'm in agreement with kt5555 .This is not about you and how good you are with children so what,that's wonderful,and I'm happy for you. The story is about how great that dog was,and how loyal he was to his baby, and scary it was for the parents.How do you know how much background check they did? The article said they did a background check, What more could they have done? You pat yourself to hard on your back you are going to trip someday.There all a lot of teens out there that I would leave children with and that do make great babysitters and are not abusive to children. You sound like none of them are capable. By the way you are bragging and no one likes a bragger.

  • 05/23/2016 05:34pm

    "trained" them. Really, children are not animals to train, you teach them. Hmmmmm

  • 06/25/2016 12:45am

    Nannie, actually you ARE bragging. BOTH of your posts is about you, then about your son with an IQ of 155 which I find that quite hard to believe. REALLY hard to believe since both Einstein AND Stephen Hawking had 160 IQ's.

  • 07/18/2016 01:47pm

    wow that many books a day, not buying it sorry, can you say toot your own horn? Your words concern me because you don't train kids, you train animals. You teach kids. You brag about your education? You are worried about the people in day care settings? But you stated you ran a daycare. Your education is no different based on your own words than the people you were concerned about.

  • 08/15/2016 04:05pm

    All this grammar-Nazi nonsense about teaching kids and training animals. Has no one here ever heard of potty-training?

  • 09/27/2016 12:40pm

    But sadly you did turn this into all about you and what a wonderful sitter you were because you trained a child to know colors and shapes prior to the age of 1. Seriously. I agree with the poster who called you out....and before you rag on me... I have a MsEd in Education and have taughter preschool up to 5th grade.

  • 10/14/2016 04:34pm

    You went from making it about you and turned it . . . OH WAIT! It's even MORE about YOU. This was about a wonderful family pet. You are as good as a dog. Good girl.

  • 08/29/2015 02:09pm

    That was Exactly what I was thinking.. This is about Your Children And your Other family Member,,, Your Pet...
    You Don't Need to be Patting Yourself on your back on this issue... Thank God that these parents Payed attention to what their dog Was actually Telling them Without words... Bless this doggy,,, and so Glad that the "Nanny" has to do Prison time.. Should be more in my book, but 1 to 3 is better than nothing...

  • 09/24/2015 09:51pm

    Exactly its not even about her or about background checks obviously the girl cleared the background check or they would not have hired her. I am just grateful that I was able to be a stay home mom I don't know what I would do if something like this happened to my child. Get a baby cam if you going to get a babysitter that you really don't know.

  • 10/14/2015 09:13am

    She's trying to get younger sitters to understand, it can be a fun job if it's something you like to do.

  • 10/14/2015 10:13am

    She's not.

  • 10/14/2015 10:16am

    She's not. Put your glasses on.

  • 07/14/2016 12:13pm

    I totally agree! This story is about a dog that stopped an abusive person, not about someone who used to babysit. Who cares!

  • 07/21/2016 09:37pm

    How else would you ever know how wonderful she thinks she is?

  • 08/14/2016 05:00pm

    Exactly, I was thinking the same thing.

  • 09/16/2016 03:31pm

    WoW....you're bit of an idiot aren't you. Just put your stupid away. You are embarrassing yourself.

  • 08/30/2015 01:14am

    I think that this babysitter should be a trainer of baby sitters.

    I think that first, if you are not a 'baby lover" you should not be a baby sitter, to be really a good babysitter you need to love babies and older pre-school children

  • 09/30/2015 10:27pm


    I just had to jump in here to point out the obvious. If parents would be a bit more diligent about who is allowed into the home to care for their children, there would be no need to hail the dog as the hero. I am at a loss as to why your response explaining the crucial aspects of selecting a caregiver are lost on so many. I'm so glad this family had a dog with enough sense to know something the parents should have known from the screening process. Kudo's to the pup! The bottom line is not every pet is this intuitive and not every home has a pet this astute. A better and more relevant strategy is not for parents to rely on pets for protection in their absence, but to make sure the pet does not have to do the job of the parent. Your response outlines critical aspects in selecting the right caregiver so Fido can go back to being Fido!

  • 10/03/2015 03:36pm

    No matter HOW DILIGENT a parent can be the fact remains ONCE the parent leaves their home to have a well trained nanny with great recommendations care for their infant/toddler or child doesn't mean that this can't happen!

    Too many times we as trusting parents rely on the "appearance" of the nanny thinking HOW SWEET she is in OUR presence when in fact once the parent isn't home with no words to be spoken by the infant abuse can take place! Have to work after giving birth? Trust NO ONE so plant a nanny cam in every room tell the nanny you will be watching from your desktop computer to ensure that your baby is properly cared for because then & only then will the nanny BEHAVE, BABY BEHAVE!! Myself I would tell the nanny conc: the cameras why subject the infant to any abuse? Aloha, Mahi

  • 10/03/2015 03:54pm

    You are LOST.

    No amount of training, education or background screening replaces a C A M E R A come back to REALITY Annie Oakley without your "guns" = your words & T H I N K next time before posting Gar-BAGE. The world thanks you!

  • 11/12/2015 07:03pm

    As a parent, a child advocate and a forensic interviewer of children--for the safety of your family, please expand your scope of vision. This is an old post, but what I'm hearing here is concerning.

    Although Oakley said it somewhat poorly, and with an air of self promotion, she does make a good point. Nannies and sitters need to genuinely like children and should be screened.

    However, your comment implies the parents did a "half-assed" job of screening their nanny and should be good enough parents to not have to rely on the dog--that is just naïve. I have seen hundreds of children that have experienced abuse and the facts are--the smallest percentage are harmed by a stranger, a larger percentage than you would think don't come from broken homes and addict parents, and a shocking percentage are harmed by someone that would have never been suspected.

    Protect your family--screen and interview, follow up on recommendations, but don't discount the dog's contribution either.

  • 10/03/2015 03:51pm

    No amount of training nor a background check would help an infant IF the evil nanny starts abuse in a home without the parents there! All the education & background screening is great but in the real world won't you please join us Annie Oakley stop living in la la land so it doesn't M A T T E R. An infant cannot S P E A K so this story is NOT 'bout your prior history of being "The Nanny"! That said THIS post is 'bout a great dog named Kill Ian who saved an infant from harm so find another "Nanny Forum" please! Enjoy your memories on a different post k? Place cameras in EVERY room even for you Nanny Dearest! Kill Ian the dog not Mahi in Hawaii thanks you! Aloha as in Goodbye!

  • 10/09/2015 06:42pm

    Wow..... your a legend in your own mind!

    In all that time working in childcare did you ever learn how to shut your pie hole?

  • 10/31/2015 03:56am

    yawn, another Web jihadi speaks Wow are we ever impressed. You must be Alexis Khans close relative. The baby did something Alexis didn't like, so she told the kid to "$tfU you loser!!!!" So you read a post (nobody forces you to) you don't like and right away you get all full of jihad, telling others what they may and may not post here.

  • 10/10/2015 04:33am

    I find your experiences and cmments interesting and informative. Too many people have to entrust their children to those who should never be child minding.. I hope you will ignore the negative reaction of some to your posts. You can't please everyone, and your desire to share some knowledge and experience may seem like you're patting yourself on the back, but I think it's more that you're just trying to help more people understand this very important subject. Any parent would be lucky to have you as a child minder.

  • 12/16/2015 03:04am

    Neither a degree nor a passing a background check a guarantee of anything in this world. Way to make this all about you and your perfection, maybe a little empathy for the parents is in order. The story was really about the dog being the hero, the baby was not really capable of telling mom and dad anything.Believe it or not there are thousands are people raising babies and doing a great job, without degrees.

  • 12/23/2015 03:44pm

    Sorry, but degrees have nothing to do with a person being sadistic or abusive. You are either an abusive person or you aren't and no amount of school can change that.

    There was a woman at my son's daycare/preschool who I walked in on as she picked my son up off the ground by his arm and carried him by that arm with his feet off the ground to a chair because she lost patience with him or something he did. I was in an uproar and contacted the administrator, the director, and the school board. She got in trouble and sent to "training". She had a degree. Last I knew she quit to be a nanny for some family. She will probably behave better with their kids because they are housing her. If she loses that job, she will lose her place to live. Good luck to them.

    Point is, degrees mean nothing. Most of the women who work in day cares and preschools have a in child development but most of those women are also fat and lazy and resent the kid's energy because they don't want to have to get up and actually do anything. Just like teachers in school, the really good are few and far between. That's what makes them special.

    P.S. Don't use blogs to talk yourself up or humble brag. You'll get called out every time.

  • 09/21/2016 06:23am

    And we are supposed to do what you say because????? We should never be afraid to be who we are or the successes in our lives. We can brag anywhere we want. These are the types of people who tell gays to not be gay, tell other ethnicities they are not equal so sit down and be quiet. We have a right to say and do anything we want whenever and wherever we please! You need to stop telling people what they can and can't do! We have rights and equality in this Country. Should we never fill out the social media site areas, "About Me" because it may make you feel inferior? Stop worrying what people do or don't brag about!!!! You are not the personality and success police! People sit behind these computer screens and feel they are entitled to police everyone around them. It's like a pack of animals, when one attacked and gets a taste of blood the others jump in to fit in!!!! Fit in by being a kind human!!!
    Tell people what to do on these posts and you will be called down every time!!! It's called being human!

  • 01/28/2016 12:37pm

    i read the story and thought what a wonderful dog.then i read the comments.yes we have to do background checks on anyone who takes care of our children.and yes there are reliable teens.this story was about a wonderful dog and parents who saw a different behavior in the dog.but i have not read comments on this.i understand nanny opinion and background but she did rattle on about self too much.then everyone commented on her .THIS IS AN ANIMAL SITE NOT A SITE ABOUT YOURSELF.GOOD DOG AND TO THE PARENTS ALWAYS TRUST ANIMALS

  • 04/04/2016 09:34am

    "Training" is no guarantee of a good child care provider either. Honestly, I think parents should secretly record from the start of the job. But I think another problem is people who do the hiring want to pay the bare minimum and expect to get mary poppins from the deal. For example one couple that was trying to hire me wanted me to work full time in their home for minimum wage, not only caring for 3 young children (2 still in diapers) but also wanted me to cook 3 meals a day and do their housework to boot. Anyone so desperate to take that job isn't going to be the best quality worker ... I turned them down flat, lucky for them the woman they did end up hiring didn't abuse the children ... what she did is work for them for a few days and used the opportunity to steal from them.

  • 07/25/2016 05:07am

    NannieOakley--this comment thread is coming upon a year later, but I can't help but comment how not only rude but insane these rude comments were to your post. And that there were over 1,000 likes to the rude remarks means either 1) there are more nutty people out there or 2) they probably are young people somehow doing multiple likes. Sheesh. I had to go back to see if what you said could be construed as bragging. I even tried to see it as bragging. Nope. All I could see is that you obviously had enjoyed babysitting a young child & this article made you reminisce.

    And let's say you were bragging. So what! That someone was so petty to remark and such a long remark at that, to me, shows mental instability.

    That little one was lucky you babysat them. And regarding this post, that dog was great. It's too bad it took them 5 months to figure out something was wrong; it makes me wonder what else that poor little baby went through. It's almost unbelievable the person got prison time. From what I've seen, often they get a slap on the wrist. It must have been bad.

  • 08/23/2016 07:08pm

    i gotta admit I have to agree with other posters. your post had nothing to do with the article. the couple did do research on the babysitter. so the whole theme of your reply is just bragging on yourself..
    I am sure you were good at what you did, but it has no bearing on this article. no offense. not sure why you felt the need to post it?

  • 09/08/2016 10:10pm

    Sometimes there's very little background to check. This young babysitter may never have worked at any significant job much beyond flipping burgers before. She probably had no record. She probably thought taking care of a baby would be a breeze, and was very disgruntled to learn that they have demands that must be met, or they will make their pleasure known. Beyond that, I would assume there is something seriously wrong with her hard wiring because who would hit a baby? Most young women who get into nannying jobs that are over their heads simply quit the jobs instead of beating up on the child.

    I have a nanny now for my own health reasons. She's an RN in her 60's. We pay her well in part because of her qualifications and in part because you get what you pay for. I understand that not everyone is in a position to hire an RN to care for his or her children, nor does being a registered nurse automatically guarantee that the person is not abusive to children. Her RN status did at least give us substantial background to check.

    Most of the time our nanny is with the children, I too, am there. i've gotten to the point that I would trust her with my own life. Early in the process, though, we were EXTREMELY vigilant. When we were suppose to be gone for hours, one of us would suddenly reappear because we forgot something, or one of my parents, who have keys to the home, would show up. We did the nanny-cam-with-sound thing for quite a while as well, in addition to hiding the iphones because sometimes nanny cams are obvious. We never saw anything that would concern u in the least. Our children love the nanny. So do our pets. (That's a bigger indicator to me than it would have been before reading this.)

    Yes, we do need to thoroughly investigate anyone in whose care we leave our children, but that alone will not always show anything significant. A very young person often has very little background through which to check, and even with older nanny candidates, often things have not been formally reported that should have been. It's often more easily said than done.

    Thank God (or the flying spaghetti monster or anyone else in which or whom any of us has faith) for the four-legged family members who are often home with the child and the nanny or babysitter when we are not.

  • 09/08/2016 10:21pm

    Please forgive the typos. I'm a poor typist at best, and I had ointment in my eyes. I don't believe there's an "edit" feature here.

  • 09/21/2016 05:53am

    I am really saddened by the attitudes of those who attacked you! They are making this post about their jealousy and short comings but attack you for explaining that young people are getting these jobs with no experience.
    These Parents are looking over the ones who are experienced and would raise their children with love, success, and safety! These people just made this post about their jealousy of another! Please never be afraid to express who you are, your skills and successes!
    I am proud of who you are and let NOT ONE PERSON TAKE THAT FROM YOU! The right to succeed and be who we want to be has made others want to succeed and have these personalities, thereby creating mentors. The only people who are against these God-given rights are those who feel inferior and refuse to be & succeed at anything on their own!
    We have a bunch of angry, entitled and jealous people on our hands! If these people would stop whining about others, whining about who they are not and about the things they do not have, they could get with the program and make this Country a home we can be proud of. This could be a place where we love and protect animals and our brothers and sisters, instead of hurting them!

  • 10/14/2016 04:31pm

    Are you applying for another job? This isn't about you. As the article said, they thought they did check her out - running background checks, etc. You are fantastic, but you obviously did not apply when they were looking for a nanny - and, nobody knows you any better. It' just a sad situation.

  • 10/29/2016 09:08pm

    This is NOT the place to troll for employers. Yes, you were a nanny, so what? What does this all have to do with this story? Yes, you said that they should be older and more experiences, but then you went on and on and on about yourself. Nobody cares. What I DO care about is that beautiful little boy that was abused by some sicko babysitter. She SHOULD have gotten jail time, and I'm glad she did. Now I just hope she is surrounded by a lot of females in the same jail that hate child abusers, she'll get hers. Cudo's for the dog, I hope they fed him a great big juicy steak!!

  • Our canine family members
    08/30/2015 06:30pm

    People underestimate the power of our canine family members intelligence & devotion. It's stories like this that help us to comprehend the many ways we, through their love, are connected.

  • 09/01/2015 01:45pm

    Yeah, after I read it I gave my big ol puppie a hug and kiss. I hope he will save me some day ..LOL.

  • 10/03/2015 03:38pm

    Well spoken! Aloha, Mahi

  • Just let the dog babysit
    09/02/2015 12:45am

    If the dog is so good just save money and let the dog babysit. The real hero is the iPhone

  • 09/17/2015 06:36pm

    The dog's behavior is what alerted the parents that something wasn't quite right. Great job puppy dog!! And the iphone was a wonderful idea with proof of the abuse. Let the dog babysit. What a stupid comment. Not even funny when your talking about a baby being abused. Shame on you!!

  • Topper
    09/30/2015 01:32am

    About Nannie Oakley, her describing her experiences at baby sitting, and the negative comments that were directed at her.
    It makes me wonder why so many of the responders saw fit to spend your time trying to humiliate and embarrass Nannie by your critical remarks.If she does a good job and takes pride in her successs with children, Why is it so bad to be proud of how well she does it? Why couldn't you, just as easily have complimented her and lifted her up?
    To be so quick to hurt others who are strangers to you is far worse that being proud of the job they do. Nannie, I applaud you. negative callouse remarks comes from a negative calloused hearts, and a life like that is no fun. I was like that for 35 years, and didn't know how to change till God showed me. Now I major on love and have a happy heart as a result.try it. love is gentle, kind, lifts others up instead of tearing them down. No, I'm not bragging, cuz I didn't do it. I'm bragging on God. have a nice day.

  • 10/03/2015 03:42pm

    The REASON for the negative comments is that THIS post is 'bout a dog alerting the infant's parents to the abuse taking place in their home! Get off your high horse & join Annie Oakley k? Wow, then to add INSULT to INJURY you go on & on...... See a THERAPIST to do your Rant & Raves & get back on your meds. to have a NICE day! Alo Ha! Gave me the BIGGEST laugh in Hawaii. Mahi

  • 11/12/2015 08:23am

    I suggest you take NannieOaklie's advice about reading more...you might learn how to write English.

    The story was about a dog that saved an infant from a young and abusive nanny. So, NannieOaklie made the observation that many parents don't get proper background checks or references, which in her experience is important. How on earth can you say her comment is unrelated to the article?
    You saying nonsensical garbage like "Kill Ian the dog not Mahi in Hawaii thanks you" is what's unrelated! And why on earth would something so innocuous anger you so much? If you enjoy criticizing complete strangers, there are plenty of internet trolls out there who deserve it. Just leave the poor nanny alone.

  • 10/03/2015 03:44pm

    P. S. You "were like THIS for 35 years" so you're saying WHAT? That you served HARD TIME for hurting babies?
    No comprende' so ahhh, ummm, like ahhh, GREAT!! God changed you but he still has a TON of WORK to do! Wow

  • 11/12/2015 08:28am

    Apparently msailuakona has decided what other people are allowed to think after reading articles. Sounds as though something along the lines of "me like doggies" was the only permissible comment here. If only I could get his articulate insights on every article I read. :)

  • 12/16/2015 03:17am

    i felt she was berating the parents sometimes people can be deceiving. I am sure they were not thinking they were leaving their baby with a bad person, and most people don't imagine a young girl doing this and when the parents felt uneasy they reacted. In my opinion they did nothing wrong. Just because you can do an interview and pass a background check that means what?you have never been arrested, not a guarantee, people need to understand.She should have pride in work but no need to bash other people and print her resume.

  • TellItLikeItIs
    10/03/2015 03:23pm

    KILL Ian is an infant's BFF so after just now reading I feel DELIGHTED the dog rescued Finn by displaying his aggressive behavior directed towards an infant (not even a child yet!) abuser! The name fits this great dog too bad he didn't sink his teeth into her before her arrest to show this evil woman who's the boss. A bit disappointed by the lenient sentence but still in AWE of a great dog a part of the family that alerted the infant's parents so I am grateful it didn't end up with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Or death. Parents hide those cameras capturing what's happening to your babies, toddlers & children in your home if you want as you can't trust someone even with great recommendations. No matter how thorough a background check is the fact remains not being there to protect an infant like in this case would not have helped if the bad nanny flew under the radar. That goes for training as well once you leave the house with a STRANGER watching your infant Voila' = WATCH OUT!! Nanny cams should be placed in EVERY room after telling the nanny you will be watching what takes place every second of the day with YOUR infant from work from your computer. Then SMILE :) 'cos trust no bitch! No way to sugarcoat that one. Sorree :) Great work KILL Iam! Next time take the cruel bot for a nanny out like the trash she is! SHAMEFUL But I love HAPPY ENDINGS!!

  • TellItLikeItIs
    10/03/2015 03:26pm

    KILL Ian is an infant's BFF so after just now reading I feel DELIGHTED the dog rescued Finn by displaying his aggressive behavior directed towards an infant (not even a child yet!) abuser! The name fits this great dog too bad he didn't sink his teeth into her before her arrest to show this evil woman who's the boss. A bit disappointed by the lenient sentence but still in AWE of a great dog a part of the family that alerted the infant's parents so I am grateful it didn't end up with Shaken Baby Syndrome. Or death. Parents hide those cameras capturing what's happening to your babies, toddlers & children in your home if you want as you can't trust someone even with great recommendations. No matter how thorough a background check is the fact remains not being there to protect an infant like in this case would not have helped if the bad nanny flew under the radar. That goes for training as well once you leave the house with a STRANGER watching your infant Voila' = WATCH OUT!! Nanny cams should be placed in EVERY room after telling the nanny you will be watching what takes place every second of the day with YOUR infant from work from your computer. Then SMILE :) 'cos trust no bitch! No way to sugarcoat that one. Sorree :) Great work KILL Ian! Next time take the cruel bot for a nanny out like the trash she is! SHAMEFUL But I love HAPPY ENDINGS!!

  • 10/03/2015 03:57pm

    Oops, my bad! Sorree :) it posted twice Annie Oakley! Maybe 2x is BETTER for you? Enjoy!

  • Hisss Hisss
    10/14/2015 09:08am

    Several have made negative comments about NannieOakley"s Post.
    A few have been down right nasty. Shame on you. That is not what this space is for. Take her words for what they're worth: experience.

    Back ground checks are one thing, but REALLY knowing a person is another. A few sitters can look you in the eye and smile pretty, but when you're gone, they're the wicked witch of the west. Don't put that mistake on your back. Most people don't drop their fasod for at least 2 weeks. The 1st meeting is not the true test. Get educated on what to look for. If this is your 1st child, you have little or no experience to rely on. Learn to watch and "read" baby's reactions when the sitter arrives. Learn to check baby's body for signs of abuse. You should know your baby's likes and dislikes better than anybody. Listen to NannieOakley. She's not bragging. She's giving you examples of how parents select sitters. She's trying to show you what might happen and why. She IS educated and trying to share her knowledge with you. These posts should be used wisely to help yourself or another. If you came here to rant, then you should be visiting with a counselor

    Thank God for the baby's animal friend. Not every dog will do that. Once in a while a cat will take on that job of protecting, but not as often. And, not all dogs are that caring. This family is lucky: The parents took the time to "read" the surrounding clues when they arrived home. They began putting "2 and 2" together. They cared enough to parent. They didn't warn the sitter about their plan, they just did it. If you let the sitter know what you're going to do, they'll make sure they're NOT being filmed. There are bound to be areas the camera can't catch.

    Some readers were so busy tearing up this lady, they didn't catch the part where she mentions working with colors, shapes and the alphabet. AND, YES, you can start learning activities BEFORE the child is one. But their attention span is short and when they start looking for something else to do, you stop your activity and follow their lead. There are lots of things you can do with kids instead of just hanging out with them. Read to them. Let them "read" to you. Ask questions about what's going on in the picture. Go with the flow. They're kids and they need their space. You can do your thing while they nap. As they get older, you let them have "free" time. Start with 10 minutes. Work up to 15 or 20 min.

    It's a learning time for both of you. Relax. Enjoy the moment. Each minute only comes once and then it's gone like the wind. Catch the fun while you can. You can always read a book while they nap.

  • 05/24/2016 07:30am

    Thank you. The warmth I felt from reading this article and Killian's protectiveness was immediately replaced with disgust by the responses to NannieOakley. She had a relevant comment, and provided context and credentials to support her advice. The amount of unnecessary and unsupported vitriol spewed back at her was completely uncalled for.

    Yes, nanny cams are incredibly important, but for me a higher priority than catching an abuser in my home is making sure one never enters in the first place. And yes, just because a person is trained doesn't mean they're not an abuser. Nannie's original point was regarding EXPERIENCE. An applicant with years of experience and references from families with nanny cams of their own is a far safer bet than a teenager/young person with a 'glowing reference' from the family down the street who really only had the person sit for a couple hours a few times. Just because someone passes a background check doesn't mean you can't talk to their previous clients to find out the duration of the care, if nanny cams were used and the result, and the behavior of the child after care. If anything raises a flag, go with your gut. Just because you can't eliminate the possibility of abuse doesn't mean you can't reduce the chances of it happening.

    Also, I realize that on this site, most of the time the word 'training' is used it meaning animal training, but humans (who are also animals) are trained, too. Examples include vocational training, physical training, and the more age-relevant potty training. There's even brain training, which maybe some respondents in this discussion should look into to help avoid making false associations.

    Seems to me people are searching for a reason to dislike her because she posted the first comment of the article and didn't address the dog (which is apparently a mortal sin here). There's more hate on an innocuous and helpful comment than there is article. Shame.

  • 09/02/2016 04:24pm

    Thank you. Oh, thank you. Finally, a sane response to all of this garbage.

  • Society Today!
    10/21/2015 12:45pm

    How could someone do something like that to a baby? Just wish the family the best of luck finding trust enough to get a babysitter for the baby! I wouldn't trust anyone with my baby (if I had one) but my parents. Just so horrible that we have people that would do that to a child!! If I lived near their area, I would definitely help them out!

  • Turn to Jesus
    10/27/2015 08:50pm

    May she find that Jesus is all she needs to change and help others.

  • 10/30/2015 03:06pm

    Wow!!! Amazing amounts of posts written by abusive humans in response to an article about abuse. Every person being attacked and ABUSED in this post should report the abusers.

  • yawn
    10/31/2015 03:59am

    this isn't typical for dogs to behave this way; they want to be pals so badly, they desperately want to give the babysitter a good huff

  • yawn
    10/31/2015 04:03am

    this isn't typical for dogs to behave this way; they want to be pals so badly, they desperately want to give the babysitter a good huff

  • Really?
    11/12/2015 12:13am

    So let me get this right. Their dog seems to respond in a bad way to the baby sitter. They suspect the babysitter is being abusive. As parents they decide to leave their child with the possibly abusive babysitter again so they can catch her in action. The real hero here sounds like the child who had to take one for the team to catch a criminal.

  • 11/17/2015 08:21pm

    This is the first comment that has made any sense. What kind of parents will leave a helpless infant in the hands of someone they suspect of abusing said child? That last time could have been the end of their child. Instead a few slaps, crying, and mean comments they could have had the privilege of listening to their child being killed. What neglectful morons.

  • 11/29/2015 04:44pm

    Everyone, CALM DOWN! NannieOakley was only posting an example of what she is to show how babysitters and parents should act. Why so much critisizim?!

  • 05/03/2016 02:04am

    Because no one wants to here about her almighty attitude and how great she is or isn't

  • 12/06/2015 12:30am

    That's exactly what I was thinking-if they suspected, in ANY way, that this girl was abusing their Son; WHY, for gods sake, would they dare leave their precious child with her for another second??!! YES, I understand they wanted "proof"-but good grief, at THAT RISK??!!

    Sorry-the ONLY way I would have done that would be if I were hiding RIGHT OUTSIDE-or somewhere in the house, so that I'd be there in seconds to rescue my child before something happened. OR-better yet, get law enforcement involved!! Most law enforcement would take seriously a dog reacting like that around a caregiver & child, and would probably set something up themselves.

    Even with the hero doggy right there-it's just FAR too much of a risk.

    As a former RN/Paramedic, survivor of childhood abuse, and Mom of 3 grown, incredible kids--Abuse has always been something I've spoken about and fought against. Just a few things:
    1. SCREEN, SCREEN, SCREEN if you have to find a stranger to watch your children. There are usually more than just 2 agencies in your State that you can check with-call your local law enforcement & they can advise you. (I.e.: Child & Family Services, Abuse Registry, Criminal Check, etc.)
    2. Ask for a MINIMUM of 3 References-of experience specifically with children!!
    3. Spend some time before you hire them, watching them with your child AND, if you have a pet, around your furry "children". Their behavior & attitude around your pet is often a good indicator of how they will be with your child. And obviously, our pets are often better judges of other people than we are!!
    4. AGE DOESN'T MATTER!! I've actually seen more cases of abuse, (and worse), committed by older adults than teenagers!! A GREAT place to find a sitter is your local hospital!! Most hospitals offer babysitting classes during the summer for teenagers-and many of those teens are also "candystripers"-or Teen Volunteers at that hospital. If your local hospital doesn't offer these classes, try the Red Cross. They usually offer babysitting classes as well as infant & child CPR & First Aid for local teens who want to babysit.

    And PLEASE: if you KNOW that a relative has a history of abuse, substance abuse, or sexual abuse, (or even just acting inappropriately sexually); DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD (OR your pet!!) with them!! It may seem silly to have to point that out, but I know from experience that we often want to think...and hope, that our relative has changed. And some DO recover from substance abuse. But if they have a history-or even just strong suspicions-of abuse in the past; it's not worth putting your child's physical and emotional health at risk...it COULD cost you their Life.


  • 09/02/2016 04:40pm

    I agree with Shermann too. Was catching the babysitter in action worth the risk to the child? The parents weren't "morons" but...
    Another commenter also said that the abuse had to have been bad in order to merit the sentence the babysitter received. Agree. I think it went beyond slapping and name calling. It's scary to think of how bad it must have been, or how much worse it could have gotten. Guessing that was a close call... Yikes.

  • 12/12/2015 03:50am

    omg! finally someone brings the real topic to the forum!! How could a parent leave their baby with someone they suspect of abuse?? Just fire the person because of fear and doubt and leave it at that. And seriously, if anyone is leaving their baby with a nanny just have camera and recorders in every room of the house without their knowledge and check them every day for the first couple of months. this will give you a true view of the caregiver.

  • 05/08/2016 12:32pm

    " How could a parent leave their baby with someone they suspect of abuse?? Just fire the person because of fear and doubt and leave it at that." You are a very disturbed person - just fire the person and leave it at that? so this person can go on to commit more abuse or worse to other children. And to blame the parents, because of needing to go to work, another callous judgement. I hope that there are few and far inbetween idiots like you.

  • Babysitter
    12/03/2015 12:01am

    This is the babysitter:


    I'm proud of the dog, but I feel a little bad for her reading this.

  • 12/03/2015 12:02am

    not that that excuses her behavior. . .she's definitely in the wrong business.

  • A healthy/happy sitter
    12/16/2015 09:20pm

    Something I have noticed is that these problems seem to occur with the unhealthy/unhappy looking sitters, never with the healthy/outgoing looking sitters, it's just something I have noticed over the years. FYI

  • 09/08/2016 10:14pm

    Not necessarily . . . Beautiful young women can be poor, abusive nannies as well.

  • human observer
    12/25/2015 05:13pm

    I read most of the posts and have come away wondering how the posters who criticized the initial poster added to the story more than "Nannie.." did? It was rather obvious to me her comments added to the discussion far more than did those criticizing her.

    Properly trained dogs can be a fine addition to a family. There was a Collie in my life that would guard our newborn constantly. He slept under the crib and would let no strange service person near the little one. He instinctively kept himself between the child and perceived danger. I miss him these decades later.

  • The Dogs Know Best!
    03/04/2016 11:52pm

    With all the negative comments here I feel the majority of folks are losing sight of exactly what the key issue is here. This dog is a true hero! Dogs are so sensitive, aware & keen. As far as the background check goes.....so what. They conducted a check on her but you can never tell what's truly in someones heart & soul.

  • Why do both parents work?
    03/09/2016 10:07pm

    The main problem in this story is that both parents are working outside of the home when they have one child at home. I think that it's outrageous that both parents would leave a 7 month old all day while they go to work outside the home. Big mistake!

  • 06/08/2016 01:29pm

    Because in today's world both parents have to work!

  • Child Abuse
    06/23/2016 07:20pm

    It is a mistake to ASSuME that the child will not suffer a change in behavior. Depending upon the sex of the babysittter, the child's responses may change to that sex. The parents MUST monitor the behavior of the child and introduce loving interaction from that sex so the child will develop functional behaviors later in life.

    I cannot stress this enough!!!!!!!

  • Calling Nanny McPhee !
    07/16/2016 03:31pm

    Am thinking what this world needs are a few NANNY McPHEE type baby sitters who seem to work their magic to make kids behave and learn some responsibility. Young baby sitters usually have their cell phones in one hand or ear buds in their ears. Taking care and responsibility of a little baby needs 110% attention 110% of the time. That sitter that slapped Finn would have had trouble with both hands after I got through with her. Shame on her and I hope she will never be allowed to be near children again much less actually have one of her own.

  • Poor Baby Awesome Dog
    09/21/2016 06:51am

    It's really sad people come into our homes and abuse our children. I know the pain these parents felt when listening to this recording. I hope this little guy and his parents can fully recover from this horrible act. You guys are in my thoughts.
    This dog is amazing! Thank Goodness the parents figured out what was happening. We should love our Pets and not abuse or neglect them either. They will love and protect us with everything they have, including their lives!
    The reasons people abuse animals are, they do not know how to be a pack leader and do not know how to train their dogs. This causes animal not to learn what you want from them and causes anxiety in them. This causes stress in the Dog owner, because the owner doesn't know how to ask for what they need them to do.
    Other Pet owners have low self esteem, are angry and controlling causing them to lash out at their helpless Pet. Please love all animals, they are helpless against humans a deserve so much more than most get!nNEVER BUY FROM A PET STORE, most buy their dogs from puppy mills and that is the worse place a dog can be. You are supporting these places if you buy from pet stores or horrible breeders!
    PLEASE GET YOUR PETS SHOTS AND NEUTERED! DO NOT BUY OR TAKE A FREE PET IF YOU CAN NOT AFFORD A $1,000 or more veterinarian bill if the situation presents itself! Pets are expensive and can not be thrown in a cage all day or night. They can not be thrown into your yard and left alone all day! Your pet will form a strong bond with you! If you leave them, they will have anxiety which will cause severe anxiety in them.

    Kind Regards,
    An Animal Lover and former Pet Foster Family!

  • 10/24/2016 09:20pm

    Y'ALL NEED JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Compassion please
    11/14/2016 08:03pm

    All those who criticize these parents do not realize that when directly confronted with abuse it is an unbelievable thought, repugnant to our nature, and we have to fight our inclinations to disbelieve. The fact that these parents against the odds figured it out is amazing. Also, although it is scary to consider the risk their process took, which undoubtedly they believed they would be proven wrong, this abuser is behind bars and other children have been protected forever because of their actions. To pursue this leaglly is more than many would have done. There very well is a child alive today because they got proof. If any have written criticism of this couple and not had children, shame on you. For those with children keep in mind you might have fallen for this babysitter and not have an intelligent dog to alert you had these parents not brought charges.

  • 01/15/2017 08:05pm

    I cannot believe the comments and negative trash I have been reading on this site. Everyone is entitled to their opinion whether you agree with it or not. To start with the negative comments about training...what do you call potty training,...you train kids for certain things that are necessary to make them acceptable as human beings. You will spend a great portion of your life teaching and training if you have kids. I feel for this young couple and applaud the dog. Have spent the majority of my life dealing with animals and have more respect for them than the human race. They can sense if a person is good or not a lot faster than one human can another. They don't play stupid games like humans nor are they vicious, nasty every chance they get. I am really surprised that this dog didn't attack the baby sitter to protect the baby. With a lot of dogs their human belongs to them and they will usually protect that human even against mommy and daddy. Had an English Bull growing up if Mom put us in yard to play and told him to watch us she couldn't even scold us. He would run her back in the house and God help anyone that tried to come into the yard, they were fair game but with us he was gentle as a lamb. Guess you people can accuse me of bragging but I have always had good relationships with animals, treat them with respect, love plus kept them fed and yes have had to TRAIN them to behave just as I had to train and teach my daughter how to behave in order to be acceptable in today's society. I know with how things are today with child abuse that parents are not correcting their kids and they act horrible half the time when they are in public. I have reached a point in my life that I would like to go to a restaurant for a pleasant meal and not have to listen to kids screaming to the top of their lungs, running around all over the place like....started to say wild animals but mama would straighten an animal out real quick while these parents either sit there and do nothing to correct the behavior. Mine was not allowed to act like this in public, she was taught acceptable behavior for society but allowed to be herself. Yes she was abused in day care center that was operated by our church. Abuse came from an older boy that was there after school. Realized something was wrong when she wouldn't wear a dress anymore. He was coping feels on the younger children. My daughter was also in college studying to be a pediatrician when she died. I applaud the lady that gave her credentials on child care, sounded to me like she was trying to explain how she qualified to be nanny not a resume and if she took the initiative to self educate herself more applause to her because I have seen some of the results of higher formal education. Yes you have very responsible teenagers that babysit and you also have dingbats that are more interested in calling boyfriends and friends than watch the kids they are being paid to watch. Now its my turn.....trash away you guys.