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Video: Georgia Toddler Seriously Burned by Flash-Bang During Meth Raid

May 30, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Georgia Toddler Seriously Burned by Flash-Bang During Meth Raid

A Habersham County, Ga., toddler caught in the middle of a drug raid was seriously injured when a police flash grenade exploded in his playpen.

The 19-month-old child is now in Grady Hospital's burn unit in Atlanta. The raid in which he was injured was at a house just north of Cornelia, early Wednesday morning.

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KevopAz @ 5/31/2014 9:00 AM

I hope this pans out to be more than a simple buy and then bust. I hope that the Police had sufficient information and need to use these "armed suspect/dangerous suspect entry tactics. Sounds like a "no knock" may have been justified but flash bang entry? Hard to tell from just what the article says. Im with the Sheriff until we get details. The use of these sort of tactics can only be supported by information as to the suspect being armed and dangerous and the need for these SWAT like tactics detailed to justify use. Otherwise this sounds like a chance for an entry team to "play SWAT" and practice entry. Public should realize that these tactics are justified under the correct circumstances but not used on just a run of the mill drug house entry. The public should also realize that perhaps having children around while selling drugs is the main issue here. In AZ the suspects would be charged with felony child endangerment if the drugs are found anywhere near the kids anytime.

Swatcop @ 5/31/2014 8:50 PM

My first reaction is why in the H$&l are they using a flash bang in a meth lab environment.
That is one of the most volatile atmospheres around.

Major @ 6/1/2014 11:06 AM

What a bunch of idiots. I hope justice is served. Those SWAT pussies need a flash bang thrown in on them or better yet their kids!

Longarm9 @ 6/1/2014 1:35 PM

Seriously guys? How about we save our criticism for the degenerate pukes running a meth lab with children inside? Absolutely outrageous.

Nichole @ 6/2/2014 4:28 AM

I'm with Longarm on this one. And the parents that willingly took their children into a house where there was a meth lab. You can't tell me that they didn't know. That's not something that is easily hidden. The smell alone would trigger anyone. Although, to side with Swatcop, it does seem like a flashbang might have been an unsafe option in the volatile environment of meth labs.

Johnny Law @ 6/2/2014 11:08 AM

I hate to hear that a child was injured but you guys are way off point. Far more dangerous to have children around a meth lab than to be exposed to a flashbang. Since they did a drug buy at the home earlier they certainly have intel as to where the meth is being cooked as opposed to where they made their entry. I am SWAT Team member and we use flashbangs in meth houses as long as we know it is being cooked in the basement or back bedroom, etc. We would not use a flashbang if it was being cooked in the living room, but I have never seen a meth lab in the living room or kitchen. So wait for all the facts before condeming these officers based on YOUR assumptions.

Lenny @ 6/3/2014 6:23 PM

"The investigation into the botched drug raid that left a baby critically injured is growing to include state and federal authorities".
Just read that headline, all I can say is good!
If it were left to Captain America(Sheriff Joey Terrel) to investigate this
everybody would be home in time for dinner.
Someone should really tell Terrel to update their web page, it tells me a lot
about their mindset and utter lack of concern.
These are in their splash page.

Their splash page as of June 3 2014

"Piwheels for prevention"
"Putting children first"
"April is prevent child abuse month"

"Our hearts are broken our SPIRIT is not" "We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail"
-President George W. Bush

All in all you gotta say a pretty good days work for Sgt. Throw Bang and the rest of the Hitler Youth. A no knock "meth raid" turned up no meth or drugs of any kind, no weapons cache as everyone was p/ssing themselves about, no actual cash and not even the suspect.

Lenny @ 6/3/2014 6:24 PM


That's the kind of planning and surveilance that misses the fact that a van with child seats, toys, and decals had been parked in the driveway for 2 months.

@ Nicole, for you to say that the parents willingly took their children to a meth is ridiculous.
First in case you haven't read there was no meth lab, second their house had burned down.
Also they were planning on leaving because thing were bothering them.

@KevopAz, Why does the public have to side with your assertion that having children around while selling drugs is the main issue? The kids had been there for 2 months and no one threw a grenade at the kids.

Phil306 @ 6/4/2014 2:50 PM

Sounds like somebody saw an Airsoft gun and crapped their pants! Hey, can't be too careful! Let's blow up the kid even though the perp wasn't even home. Anything so we can finish our shift safely, right?

S.S. @ 6/9/2014 7:42 AM

I see lenny, phil and major (a**hole) are at it again. God what a bunch of losers, you 3 are just sitting there playing with yourselves and critiquing law enforcers and mistakes that were made. But had it not been for the p.o.s.'s that were running these labs or the sorry ass excuses for parents taking their children to a dope house, none of this would've happend. Im sure you 3 losers have never done a day in law enforcement either that or were kicked out cause of your incompetence. Thank God for that one. Bunch of cowards you all are.

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