Toddler in Critical Condition with Burns After SWAT Raid on Georgia Home
JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Nineteen-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh is in an induced coma after a SWAT team threw a stun grenade in his playpen on the inside of a home where methamphetamine activity was suspected, during a raid in Cornelia, Ga.
The 19-month-old toddler’s mother Alecia Phonesavanh told WSB-TV that the child was in the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital after the SWAT team raided their home in the middle of the night and seriously injured her son.
The stun grenade landed in the toddler’s playpen as he slept.
Phonesavanh said, “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.”
Cornelia police chief Rick Darby told WSB-TV that the raid had taken place at the home just before 3 a.m. He said there were no clothes, no toys or anything to indicate children were present in the home. Deputies said they bought drugs from the home and came back with a no-knock warrant to arrest a man known to have drugs and weapons, WSB-TV reports.
We are praying for Bounkham Phonesavanh’s recovery. Police arrested Wanis Thometheva, 30, while serving a drug warrant.
This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.