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Toddler Suffers Critical Burns During SWAT Team’s Drug Raid (Warning: Graphic Images)

19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh is being treated for severe burns to his face. WSB-TV screenshot

A SWAT team conducting a search warrant for drugs this week at an Atlanta area home mistakenly threw a “stun grenade’’ into the crib of a 19-moth-old toddler, gravely injuring the boy, according to his family.

The child is currently in a medically-induced coma because of the incident, said his mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, who told WSB-TV that the grenade landed in the crib and “exploded on his pillow right in his face.’’

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In an ideal situation, stun grenades are non-lethal weapons used to produce a loud bang with a bright flash of blinding light to subdue perpetrators of alleged crimes.

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Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby expressed remorse but also offered some reasons for the SWAT team’s actions, which were reportedly brought on from previous drug activity at that same location.

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The boy is currently in Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit.

Phonesavanh said she brought her young son to her sister-in-law’s home for a visit.

The operation ultimately resulted in the arrest of a 30-year-old male drug suspect who was in the home at the time.

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