Phonesavanh said she was at her sister-in-law’s home in Habersham County
early Wednesday when police raided the house.
"It's my baby. He's only a baby. He didn't deserve any of this," Phonesavanh said.
Phonesavanh told Young the grenade landed in the child’s crib
; she showed him a photo of a charred portable crib.
"It landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face," Phonesavanh said.
She also showed Young pictures of her child in the Grady burn unit. Channel 2 has decided not to share most of the photos because of the graphic nature of the child’s injuries.
"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 said. "He's only 19 months old. He didn't do anything."
Cornelia police Chief Rick Darby confirmed that the raid took place at the home just before 3 a.m. He said a multijurisdictional drug unit issued a warrant and organized the SWAT operation.
Deputies said they bought drugs from the house, and came back with a no-knock warrant to arrest a man known to have drugs and weapons.
“There was no clothes, no toys, nothing to indicate that there was children present in the home. If there had been then we'd have done something different,” Darby said.
"Everyone's sleeping. There's a loud bang and a bright light," Phonesavanh said. "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."
They arrested Wanis Thometheva, 30, during the raid.
Darby told Channel 2's Wendy Corona that the entire unit is very broken up about the incident.
“You're trying to minimize anything that could go wrong and in this case the greatest thing went wrong,” Darby said. “Is it going to make us be more careful in the next one? Yes ma'am, it is. It's gonna make us double question.”
The Phonesavanh family told Young they have no insurance and have set up a fund to pay for medical expenses.
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