Child injured by flash grenade returns home

JANESVILLE, Georgia (WTMJ) – A baby burned by a flash grenade when police raided a home in Georgia is back in Janesville.

“I don’t know too many people who’ve gotten hit in the face and chest with a grenade and survived,” said his mother, Alecia Phonesavanh.

The family’s Janesville home burned down in March, so they moved in with a relative near Atlanta. The whole family slept in one room.

The day before they were supposed to head back to Wisconsin, police raided the home.

“We heard a loud noise which was them busting through the door,” said Phonesavanh.

Then came a flash grenade, right into the 20-month-old’s bed.

“And I kept begging the officer, you know, give me my son, just let me hold him, he’s scared, he needs me. The officer told me to shut up and sit down,” said Phonesavanh.

Police were looking for drugs, but found nothing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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