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The Georgia SWAT team that threw a flash bang grenade while executing a no-knock style warrant raid that severely burned and paralyzed a nineteen-month-old baby.
Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says the deputies involved are "devastated" and that they've been called "baby killers" and received threats. "All I can say is pray for the baby, his family and for us," the sheriff told CNN.
Terrell insisted his officers and those of the local police department did nothing wrong and blamed the target of the warrant (not found at the house that was invaded) on the attack on the toddler. However, suggested more information could of prevented this disaster stating "lack of knowledge" as a key player in this incident.
The target was Wanis Thonetheva, 30. He was not present in the home at the time of the raid, but the toddler's mother and father and their other three children were inside. Thonetheva's mother was also at the house, Terrell said.
The baby's family had moved into the Cornelia residence after their Wisconsin home burned down, Terrell told WXIA.
A chief assistant district attorney for the county, J. Edward Staples, says the target of the warrant could in fact be charged for the injuries the sheriff's deputies caused the toddler.
Terrell said both the district attorney and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have said there was no wrongdoing on the SRT's part.
"I've talked to the D.A., I've talked to the GBI," Terrell said. "I've given them the whole information and they say there's nothing else we can do. There's nothing to investigate, there's nothing to look at. Given the information given, GBI's SWAT team would have done the exact same thing - they'd have used the exact same scenario to enter the house."
Terrell said the lack of knowledge that there were children in the home contributed to the situation.