Baby injured after police throw grenade into crib during drug bust operation at wrong houseBy Mason White 1:27 PM June 2, 2014
|Child in hospital bed illustration|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A family in Georgia, has been dealt their second big blow in a short time.
Alecia Phonesavanh, and her husband were forced to sleep with family members after their house burned down.
Sadly, during their stay with family, their son was severely burned during a failed police drug bust. 19-month-old boy Bounkham Phonesavanh, was injured about 2:00 a.m., while sleeping in the crib during the SWAT team raid.
Officers were looking for Wanis Thometheva at the home in Cornelia, after an undercover officer bought methamphetamine from him earlier in the day.
Thometheva was not at the home. Instead the home was occupied by the Phonesavanh family. The couple has four children ages 3, 5, 7, and 19 months, who were all woken up during the raid.
When officers entered the home they launched a Grenade through the door. The Granada fell on the child’s pillow and exploded in his face, severely burning the 19 month old.
The husband was also held down by police while the children cried. The baby is now in an induced coma, and doctors have given him a 50 percent chance of survival.
Wanis Thometheva, 30, was arrested in another house and was charged with felony drug possession.
The Habersham County Sheriff’s Department said it was a “terrible accident,” but the proper protocol has been followed by the raid unit. However, he said that they have learned from this incident and they will be more careful next time.