Toddler in coma after GA police toss stun grenade into his crib during drug raid
A toddler was seriously injured early Wednesday when police raided a Georgia home and tossed a stun grenade into the boy’s crib.
Alecia Phonesavanh told WSB-TV she had been staying with her sister-in-law in Habersham County after her family’s home burned down when a SWAT team burst into the home as part of a drug investigation.
One of the officers tossed a grenade that caused serious burns, cuts, and other injuries to her 19-month-old son.
“It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow, right in his face,” Phonesavanh said.
The boy has been taken to a burn unit for treatment and placed in a medically induced coma.
“It’s my baby,” Phonesavanh said. “He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”
Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby said a multijurisdictional drug unit executed a search warrant at the home just before 3 a.m.
Police said they seized drugs at the home and returned with a no-knock warrant to arrest a man known to have drugs and weapons.
“There was no clothes, no toys, nothing to indicate that there was children present in the home,” Darby said. “If there had been, then we’d have done something different.”
Officers arrested 30-year-old Wanis Thometheva during the raid, which Phonesavanh said came when while she was sleeping.
“There’s a loud bang and a bright light,” Phonesavanh said. “The cops threw that grenade in the door without looking first, and it landed right in the playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face.”
Darby said the officers involved in the raid felt badly about the boy’s injuries.
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