Jun 25 2014

SWAT Burns Baby in No-Knock Raid, Blames “Domestic Terrorists”: UPDATE


A 19-month-old toddler, is in a medically-induced coma after a SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade in his crib during a no-knock raid. Local news stations report the child is also paralyzed. However, police state that the incident isn’t their fault – the baby is, sadly, a casualty of domestic terrorism.

The boy’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, had brought her husband and children to visit her sister-in-law in Georgia after their own Wisconsin home burned down. Habersham County, Georgia, deputies allegedly bought drugs from a man in the home earlier that week and returned with a no-knock warrant on May 28th. The raid occurred around 3 a.m. A Special Response Team (SRT) accompanied by narcotics agents breached the door and, finding the doorway blocked, threw the flash bang. The object blocking the doorway just happened to be little Bou Jr’s playpen, and the device landed on his pillow.

Sheriff Joey Terrell, the district attorney, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) have all stated that law enforcement did not engage in any wrong doing, as they did not know there would be children in the home. Terrell told press that because their informant did not mention seeing any children on the premises, the event could not have been prevented or avoided. He additionally stated that they had had prior information on the suspect, who had been involved in an altercation involving a “possible AK-47.” He added that the altercation was “supposedly about drugs.”

He also reports that the child’s parents “knew something was going on” and tried to keep themselves and their children separated from the dealings while searching for another place to live.

Bou, when in a medically-induced coma.

Bou, when in a medically-induced coma.

However, Terrell also shows little remorse or sympathy for the innocent child caught in the crossfire and takes none of the blame. “The person I blame in this whole thing is the person selling the drugs,” he told the local news. “All they care about is making money… They don’t care about what it does to families. It’s domestic terrorism, and I think we should treat them as such.” He went on to talk about how angry it makes him that these “terrorists” have destroyed another family.

Wanis Thonetheva, 30, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges during the raid; however, police have not been clear as to whether or not drugs or weapons were actually found in the home.

By Terrell’s logic, it is Wanis Thonetheva who is responsible for the maiming of a baby, because he committed the terrorist act of voluntarily exchanging a desired product for money. Thonetheva is guilty because Regardless of one’s belief as to whether or not this is a heinous crime, does such an exchange warrant a violent response that endangers not only the seller, but his or her family, friends, or neighbors? Terrell states that his department started the team because “children are getting involved in situations they don’t need to be.” However, one could argue that children also do not need to be innocent victims during no-knock raids.

A charity to help little Bou can be found here. Contact information for the county police can be found here.

UPDATE: Since the original posting of this article on May 30, little Bou has been taken out of his medically induced coma. However, his wounds have not yet healed. He is still covered with burns and sports a hole in his chest so deep that his ribs are exposed. Doctors are still assessing him to determine the extent of any brain damage he might have suffered.

It has been confirmed that no drugs were found in the home; in fact, the individual police were searching for was not there and did not even live at that address, according to a recent account by Bou’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh. She also reports that at the time of the raid, her minivan was parked in the driveway, with little stick figures of a mom, a dad, three little girls, and a baby boy. She also states that the front yard was littered with children’s toys.

At the time of the incident, the police refused to let Alecia attend to her crying child. Police told her the boy had merely “lost a tooth.”

A support website for Bou and all victims of police brutality can be found here.

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  1. Shannon

    I think domestic terrorism is a bit much! Hes not out street dealing, people want it, they buy it! Nobody is mind controlling you to do dope! Anyway, the baby aint dead! And why would his stupid mother be having him around knowing hes on the run or going to eventually get raided! Shes on one too! Take her to jail for knowing or as an accessory!! Next time we’ll might send dopie an email boys ok? Lol

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