In the process of executing a no-knock search of a Georgia house, a SWAT team threw a grenade into a Habersham County home, still during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning. Their explosive device came crashing down on a 19-month-old, critically burning Bounkham Phonesavanh.
Alecia Phonesavanh, the baby’s mother, said that the grenade landed right in her son’s crib and exploded in his face.
Local WSBTV reporting on the condition of the toddler, said that that currently “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 continued, saying “He’s only 19 months old. He didn’t do anything.”
Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby further confirmed that the raid happened just before 3 a.m. A multijurisdictional drug unit had issued a warrant and organized the SWAT operation that destroyed the child’s face.
After buying drugs from the house, a no-knock warrant to arrest a man at the residence was executed.
“Everyone’s sleeping. There’s a loud bang and a bright light,” Phonesavanh recalled. “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.”
But Chief Darby said that his unit is really “broken up” about their violence against baby Bounkham.
Alecia Phonesavanh and her family does not have medical insurance. They have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for baby Bounkham’s treatment. Please contribute and share this article to help spread the word!
(Article by M.B. David)