6993960366_6e16ef27f5__1379178132_142.196.156.251A family dog became viciously protective of Benjamin and Hope Jordan‘s daughter whenever the babysitter came around. The parents, sensing something must be really wrong for the dog to react that way, placed an iPhone under the couch to record the interaction between the babysitter and their toddler.

“It started with cussing,” Benjamin Jordan told WCSC. “Then you hear slap noises and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up. To know that (for) five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day.”

This dog is pretty much the best ever, and this is ultimately a great story. But I will never understand the whole we-think-something-is-really-wrong-here-so-we are-going-to-secretly-tape-our-babysitter approach to parenting. If I was ever so unnerved by someone that I had to secretly tape their behavior – there is no way in hell I would ever leave my kid alone with that person.

My dog is the sweetest thing, ever. He lunges at no one. If he ever began to lunge at someone who had been in my house for five months and in charge of watching my child, I would totally freak.

I’m really glad they heard the iPhone recording and were able to save their child before any more damage was done – I just wish people would trust their intuition a little more. It’s great that they have the recording and can prosecute this person – but no way in hell am I using my child as bait.  I’ve always had a strong intuition and it’s only grown stronger since I’ve become a mother. Call me a “mama bear” call me a “sanctimommy” I really don’t care. If someone is making me question my child’s safety – I’m not leaving them alone so I can “catch” them on my iPhone.

(photo: Flickr/CreativeCommons/State Farm)