ATLANTA (AP) – A Georgia family says a toddler was seriously hurt by a flash grenade when a SWAT team carried out a drug raid at their home.
Alecia Phonesavanh told local media outlets that her 19-month-old son was sleeping in his playpen when the raid began Wednesday morning. She says the flash grenade, which makes a loud noise and bright flash to distract people during raids, landed in the boy’s playpen and went off near his face.
Phonesavanh says the boy’s face was severely burned, and he was in a medically induced coma in a hospital.
Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby told WSB-TV that the officers did not know children were inside the home and that they would have done things differently if they had seen anything to indicate that kids were inside.