Previously, I’ve written about parents who use hidden cameras to keep an eye on babysitters, and when this is legal and illegal. In this post, I discuss a case where an abusive babysitter was caught using a combination of a hidden cell phone and professional interview and interrogation techniques, and how a background check can help weed out bad babysitters.
Last year in South Carolina, 22-year-old Alexis Khan was convicted of child abuse. For five months, Alexis had been charged with caring for baby Finn Jordan. Mr. and Mrs. Jordan discovered the abuse when their dog Killian began barking, growling, and acting defensive toward Khan. Disturbed by the normally friendly dog’s change in attitude, they set a smart phone under a couch in the living room, set to record audio in that room throughout the day.
The Jordans suspected that Khan might have been abusing the dog, which would be disturbing enough. However, what they found was even worse. They heard their seven-month-old baby Finn crying uncontrollably, while Khan cursed at him. Then they heard what sounded like slapping and shaking noises.
Between Killian’s negative responses to Khan and the evidence from the phone recording, the Jordans were able to go to the police. Fortunately, after a medical examination, Finn was found to be in perfect health, but that might have been a different story if the abuse had been allowed to go on.
Police were worried, at first, that the recording wouldn’t be enough evidence to get a conviction in court. After all, they could hear what sounded like slapping and shaking, but they could not be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt. They were concerned that, though the Jordans could save their child from abuse at Khan’s hands, Alexis Khan would go free.
Fortunately, though, after an interview and interrogation, Alexis Khan confessed and pled to assault and battery when the case went to court. She is now serving the maximum prison sentence of three years, and her name will be placed on a child abusers registry when she is released. Khan will never work with children again.
The case of the Jordans’ heroic dog and their ingenuity with an iPhone is affirming, but also frightening. If one or two things had been different in this case, things could have gone very differently. If the Jordans had ignored Killian’s behavior, their son could have been seriously injured or killed. If their phone’s recording hadn’t been enough evidence, Alexis Khan could have gone on to hurt other children.
You can take a few lessons from this case. First of all, if something changes in your home environment, pay attention to it. Whether it’s your dog reacting differently to a babysitter, maid, or even your spouse, don’t brush it off as your dog just being strange. If your young child starts acting shy or skittish around someone who works for you, pay attention to this change, as well. It could be evidence of something wrong.
If Alexis Khan hadn’t confessed to the abuse under interrogation, she could very well have walked free. The Jordans were wise to investigate the reasons for the changes in Killian’s behavior toward Alexis. However, better surveillance could have provided court-admissible, conclusive evidence in the case.
If you’re interviewing someone to come into your home and take care of your child, you can hire a private investigator to perform a thorough background check. Think of what might have happened if Alexis Khan hadn’t been convicted. She might have moved somewhere else and sought out employment as a babysitter there. Performing a background check on the person or people who will have unsupervised access to your children could save you and your kids a lot of suffering.
Most private investigators can perform a background check on a subject for a few hundred dollars. The first-class investigators who have mastered the most valuable tool in our business, interview and interrogation, can within one hour provide invaluable information on the subject. The fee for that interview is about $300.00 in you send the person to the PI’s office. The most common response from clients is, “I don’t want to put her through that as she might not take the job.” Our answer is, “Are you kidding me? You place the feelings of a stranger before the welfare of you child?”
Interviews & interrogation
Our investigators are trained and skilled in the art of of interviews and interrogation, can sometimes get confession from guilty persons in just minutes. If you believe you may be in a similar situation to the one here, you might be surprised at the results you can get. There’s never a fee for a consultation.