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Swat team throws a stun grenade into toddler’s crib during drugs raid.

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Swat team throws a stun grenade into toddler's crib
Did the SWAT team exact unnecessary force?

A toddler has come to incur serious injuries after a SWAT team threw a stun grenade into the 19 month old child’s crib during a midnight drugs raid. The child has since been put into a medically induced coma.

At the time of the incident, Wisconsin mother Alecia Phonesavanh, her husband, Bounkham, and their children including toddler, Bou Jr., were visiting her sister-in-law in Atlanta, Georgia, when police raided the home early Wednesday.

Phonesavanh said officers threw a stun grenade, which landed in the sleeping child’s crib.

Suffering severe wounds the child was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital‘s burn unit where doctors placed the toddler in a medically induced coma.

Told the mother: ‘He’s in the burn unit. We go up to see him and his whole face is ripped open. He has a big cut on his chest,’

‘He’s only 19 months old. He didn’t do anything.’

Added the mother: He is in a medically induced coma and he is paralyzed. I hope he’s not going to remember this. I know his sisters, his mommy and his daddy will never forget this,’

‘Our kids have been through enough this year. This is just more trauma that they didn’t need, and I just wish there was something better I could do to make it better for him. Wrong place, wrong time. There’s nothing I can do about it.’

A subsequent picture would reveal the charred portable crib.

Swat team throws a stun grenade into toddler's crib

Swat team throws a stun grenade into toddler's crib
Alecia Phonesavanh

Since the incident, Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby confirmed the raid took place at the home just before 3 a.m.

He said a multijurisdictional drug unit issued a warrant and organized the SWAT operation. It’s not clear if any drugs were found in the home during the raid.

Deputies said they bought drugs from the house and came back with a no-knock warrant to arrest a man known to have drugs and weapons. Noted weapons included military style including an AK47.

The individual sought during the raid, Wanis Thometheva, 30. was not present at the house during the raid and would come to be arrested at another house on a felony drug charge of distribution of meth.

Told the mother: ‘Everyone’s sleeping. There’s a loud bang and a bright light,’

‘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 told that the entire police unit is upset over the incident, which was an accident.

“The last thing you want is law enforcement to injure someone innocent,’ Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘There was no malicious act performed. It was a terrible accident that was never supposed to happen.’

Bou Sr., a musician, wrote of his grief on his Facebook page Thursday morning.

‘My friends my heart my mind my soul is fill with sadness right now my son is not doing too good l will need few days to get myself together l will get back and share music with you when we are all feels better keep rocking friends.’

Friends of the Phonesavanh family have set up a fund to help pay for medical expenses for the little boy. To donate, click
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  • Carl Mayo

    if you support obama, then you also support
    1. the abolition of the 4th amendment
    2. the militarization of local police
    3. warrantless and unjustified military-style assault raids

  • a real American

    What a barbaric country the USA has become? There are so many reasons that no-knock raids are medieval. And what if the police had only injured the suspect with the flash bomb? You can NEVER know just who is in a house, and no-knock endangers everyone on both sides. They should be banned, like they were before Nixon and Reagan launched a war on their own citizens.

  • JeffAHayes

    That family and their friends shouldn’t have to pay ONE PENNY for that child’s health care! While I agree that crystal meth is a scourge, and meth distributors need to be arrested and prosecuted, the TOTALLY RECKLESS MANNER in which GUNG-HO law-enforcement agencies — especially many of the small-county sheriff departments (as this one was — NOT in Atlanta, but in rural Habersham County, bordering South Carolina). Once they THINK they have “all the facts” (and this was on LOCAL news for me, as I live less than 100 miles away), they go off like some sort of crazed bull in a china shop, breaking down doors, throwing in flash grenades, etc. That particular house DID NOT hold the dealer, weapons, or drugs at the time. What it DID house was a family that had been BURNED OUT of their home and was living there while trying to find new housing, and the home owners (nice, middle-class house, too). The drug dealer apparently DOESN’T live there, either. He just happened to BE THERE when he sold the drugs to the “informant” who gave them the information for the warrant. Informant warrants aren’t always even correct. Sometimes, they tell cops what they WANT to hear, to keep out of jail themselves.

    Habersham County’s sheriff says they’ll “double-check” THE NEXT TIME. What about THIS time, when they threw a flash grenade ON THE PILLOW of a sleeping toddler IN HIS CRIB between 2-3 a.m.?!? That county and state should pay for his health issues FOR LIFE! Maybe the sheriff should resign. I believe we need proper law enforcement. I DON’T believe we need to live in A POLICE STATE, and that’s what many parts of America are trying to become!
    Jeff Hayes