A SWAT Team Blew A Hole In My 2-Year-Old Son

That's right: Officers threw a flashbang grenade in my son's crib -- and left a hole in his chest. It gets worse
by Alecia Phonesavanh

Jun. 25, 2014

After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-lawís place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy.

That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-lawís place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husbandís nephew had. Some of my kidsí toys were in the front yard, but the officers claimed they had no way of knowing children might be present. Our whole family was sleeping in the same room, one bed for us, one for the girls, and a crib.

After the SWAT team broke down the door, they threw a flashbang grenade inside. It landed in my sonís crib.

Flashbang grenades were created for soldiers to use during battle. When they explode, the noise is so loud and the flash is so bright that anyone close by is temporarily blinded and deafened. Itís been three weeks since the flashbang exploded next to my sleeping baby, and heís still covered in burns.

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