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.
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