Horrific: GA Police Toss Stun Grenade in Toddler's Crib During Drug Raid
Georgia police tossed a stun grenade into a baby boy's crib during a middle-of-the-night drug raid, severely injuring the child, and devastating the family.
According to the child's mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, she and her family were staying with her sister-in-law after her family's home burned down as a result of a SWAT team bursting into their home as part of a drug investigation.
The police have said they were executing a search warrant on the home where the displaced family was staying (at 3 a.m.), and claim they had no idea there were children in the home. One of the officers just tossed the grenade in the house, causing serious burns, cuts and other injuries to the 19-month-old, and melting the side of the playpen that was doubling as the child's crib.
“It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow, right in his face,” Phonesavanh told WSB-TV. “He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”
The pictures of the baby, who is in a medically induced coma, are horrific, his face burned to the point where he has difficulty breathing. His mother also told reporters that he has a huge cut on his chest.
Local Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby said they had a no-knock warrant to arrest a man in the home "known to have drugs and weapons." He also said the police feel terrible about what happened to the baby.