Flashbang Grenade Tossed Into Baby's Crib By SWAT Team
A grand jury in Georgia has decided not to indict in the case of a baby who was severely injured after a cop threw a stun grenade into a home during a SWAT raid. INSIDE EDITION spoke to the outraged parents.
A grand jury in Georgia has decided 'not' to indict in the case of a baby who was severely injured after a cop threw a stun grenade into a home during a SWAT raid. The baby was so injured he was put in a medically induced coma—here’s the latest on the grenade that landed in a crib.
It's called a flashbang grenade and cops everywhere use it.
Just days ago, police lobbed them inside a cafe as they took down that terrorist in Australia. They were also used during recent protests in Portland, Oregon.
YouTube videos show how flashbang grenades are intended to stun people. But never would you expect a flashbang grenade to be used on a 19-month old toddler in his crib, no less.
That's what happened during a SWAT raid outside Atlanta.
A photo shows the charred pillow where the grenade landed. Alecia Phonesavanh says she will never forget her son Bou Bou's screams.
She told INSIDE EDITION, “They entered through this door, you can see the damage that was caused and they threw the grenade right here, into my son's pack-n-play, where he was sleeping that night."
The toddler was rushed to the hospital, suffering critical burns to his face and chest. He spent weeks in a medically-induced coma.
Alecia said, “He took a grenade to the face and the chest and he's still alive.”
Now, today his parents say they face over a million dollars in medical bills but thank goodness their little boy is back home again.
Alecia, her husband, and their four young children were staying at the home temporarily when the raid took place. So, why did cops raid the house? They'd gotten a tip that meth was being sold by Alecia's nephew. One big problem, he wasn't there.
Family spokesman Marcus Coleman told INSIDE EDITION, “This is absolutely preventable. One or two visits to the home would've easily prevented those injuries.”
A grand jury refused to indict any of the cops, saying police did not believe children were in the home when the flashbang grenade was tossed in.
The local sheriff said after the raid, had they known there was a child in the home, they would have conducted the raid differently.
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