Bounkham Phonesavanh

A 19-month-old boy is in critical condition after suffering severe burns to his face and upper body during a SWAT raid at his home.

The family of Bounkham Phonesavanh says a SWAT team raided their Habersham County home in the middle of the night early Wednesday. A SWAT member tossed a flash grenade into the home without looking. The grenade bounced into the baby's playpen and exploded in his face.

Bounkham Phonesavanh baby playpen

"It's my baby. He's only a baby. He didn't deserve any of this," Alecia Phonesavanh told Channel 2’s Ryan Young.

"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."

Phonesavanh shared photos of the baby's severe burn injuries with Young.

"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."

Young declined to air the photos during his TV news segment due to the graphic nature of the toddler's injuries.

Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that the raid took place just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. He said a no-knock arrest warrant was issued for someone in the home after deputies said they bought drugs from the house earlier.

Darby told Channel 2's Wendy Corona that the entire unit is very broken up about the incident.

The Phonesavanh family told Young they have no insurance and have set up a fund to pay for medical expenses.

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    • Ni ni

      Such a beautiful baby. I think these police officers get a high off trying to catch people. I hope the mom can sue everyone involved.

    • prima_donna2163

      Can I assume that since they had surveillance on this home, they knew AHEAD of time that there would be a child present in the home so they would at LEAST have been a bit more careful??? Broken up...suuuuuuuuure smh

      Get well soon baby!

    • Bootcampgirl

      This is so sad, so you bought drugs earlier and this was warranted, I think not. They don't have to worry about setting up a fund, they will be paid lovely...

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      My god :facepalm: Lord have never do ya drug business where ya baby or anybody that u love sleeps :no: wtf!

    • http://n/a n1kk1a

      That is so sad. Too many kids getting hurt or killed from these raids without so much as an afterthought. Breaks my heart. The police chief and his crew should be the ones to pay for that babies medical expenses.


      This story is all kinds of wrong. :no: My prayers are with this baby.

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      This is so sad that poor child..... Damn man ....keep ya children out of trap houses... U don't sell anything around them period :no: these cops don't give a fawk... And obviously the parents don't either... What if a buyer tried to rob the place... Fawked up all around :no:

    • spiceykay

      Even if they had a no knock order I'm pretty sure that securing the exits and going into the house didn't warrant a grenade being thrown. I can't believe they felt that was the first option and it sounds like the person selling drugs wasn't the parents of the child so I'm not gonna blame them.

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      They bought drugs from this same house earlier.. and u have ya damn child in that same house... I swear folks don't need kids :nono: man wow..just ugh...what is wrong with people..... When are people going to value the life of a precious child.... Never have ya child around drugs..... Period man :no: that life is beyond unpredictable... My ex had his son in his trap house...whole crib got shot up...3 folks killed..thank god his child wasn't hit.....that life man :no: this shyt angers me for real

    • Sandra Rose

      If the cops are so "broken up" they should take up a collection and pay the baby's medical bills. But that won't happen.

    • Bootcampgirl

      @Sandra, I beg to differ, this has hit the media, quickly, they will try to save face...may be chump change..

    • jeniefrumdabloc

      Had they not been selling drugs this would not have happened.... Man :no: when u have kids is not about u.... I'm logging stories are getting worse :peace:

    • spiceykay

      I know from past experience the police has went to the wrong house in their attempts to serve a warrant. The person that was arrested shouldn't have sold drugs out of the house but that doesn't mean the blame needs to be put on the parents who appear to not be involved.

    • <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Fugg these bum ass people! Selling drugs where your babies lay their heads :nono:

      Yep fugg them and they should re-arrest their asses. They did this to their own baby FOH :eek:

    • <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      They lucky YES lucky it was JUST the police! It could have been their competition, a robber, a hype, he'll anybody can come and do damage....

      I may seem harsh but fugg them and I do not feel sorry for what THEY were doing to their child.

      Accountability and Choices :tea:

    • free

      i thought georgia did away with no knock warrants, but it could have been atlanta police, after that old lady got killed.

      they had no surveillance because the suspect wasn't even there. they didn't surveil the house to see if kids lived there (there are at least 4 kids in the house). they didn't surveil to know where the rooms were.

      these stupid azzez just crept up at 3 am, when everybody is home, and threw a bomb into a bedroom.

      i don't understand the point of a no knock warrant unless a life is in jeopardy. a swat team and flash bang cause somebody bought meth from a door is a waste of resources. people get killed all the time over this bullshyt.

      somebody needs to pay for the kids injuries over the course of his life.

      that family was only there temporarily because their home in wisconsin burned down.

    • Sandra Rose

      In addition to possibly being blinded, the baby is probably deaf from the very loud noise a flash bang device makes.