A 19-month-old toddler was in a medically induced coma after a flash bang grenade from a SWAT drug raid exploded in his face. Swat went in to apprehend an alleged methamphetamine drug dealer in a raid after a drug deal that happened a few hours earlier. Officers were issued a “no-knock warrant,” so when the door was blocked, they used a flash bang grenade to distract and disorient suspects. However, the obstruction blocking the door was a crib. When officers dropped the grenade it landed inside the crib on the toddler’s pillow next to his face.
The young boy is in recovering at Grady Hospital’s burn unit in Atlanta, in a medically induced coma. He has serious burns on his face.
Habersham County Sheriff said that it was a tragic incident, but that the officers followed proper procedure. However, despite this, this tragic accident put an innocent child’s life at risk.
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