A 19-month old baby, Bounkham Phonesavanh, is in a medically induced coma tonight because of a stun grenade that landed in the toddler’s crib. According to WSB-TV, a SWAT team, in Atlanta, GA, had a warrant to perform a “no-knock arrest” to apprehend Wanis Thometheva, a 30 year old who sold drugs to undercover cops prior to his arrest. This situation is very unfortunate for the toddler and the toddler’s 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,” Phonesavanh said. “He’s only 19 months old. He didn’t do anything.”
Cornelia police Chief Rick Darby confirmed that 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.
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.
“There was no clothes, no toys, nothing to indicate that there was children present in the home. If there had been then we’d have done something different,” Darby said.
“Everyone’s 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.”–
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