Tod­dler se­verely burned in drug raid in Ge­or­gia

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — Of­fi­cers raid­ing a Ge­or­gia home in search of a drug sus­pect used a flash grenade not know­ing chil­dren were in­side, se­verely burn­ing a tod­dler who was sleep­ing just in­side the door, au­thor­i­ties and the boy’s fam­ily said.

Haber­sham County Sher­iff Joey Ter­rell said the of­fi­cers were look­ing for a sus­pect who may have been armed and fol­lowed proper pro­ce­dure by us­ing the de­vice, which cre­ates a bright flash and loud bang to dis­tract sus­pects. A lawyer for the fam­ily said he be­lieves the of­fi­cers acted im­prop­erly and he would like to see them pros­e­cuted. “It’s a tragic in­ci­dent,” Ter­rell said. “The baby didn’t de­serve this.” Ale­cia Phone­sa­vanh told lo­cal news me­dia her son was sleep­ing in his playpen when the raid be­gan Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“The cops threw that grenade in the door with­out look­ing first, and it landed right in the playpen and ex­ploded on his pil­low right in his face,” Phone­sa­vanh told WSB-TV.

Phone­sa­vanh said the boy’s face was se­verely burned, and he was in a med­i­cally in­duced coma in a hospi­tal. She said her fam­ily had been vis­it­ing from out of town and were all sleep­ing at the house in Cor­nelia, about 80 miles north­east of At­lanta, when the raid hap­pened about 3 a.m.

The tod­dler’s fam­ily was stay­ing with fam­ily in Ge­or­gia af­ter their home in Wis­con­sin re­cently burned down, Ter­rell said. In an in­ter­view with in­ves­ti­ga­tors, the tod­dler’s mother said she knew metham­phetamine was be­ing sold out of the home and tried to keep her four chil­dren away from any drugs or drug ac­tiv­ity, Ter­rell said.

CAN­TON, Ga. (AP) — Po­lice say they be­lieve a Chero­kee County cou­ple died in a mur­der-sui­cide.

Lt. Jay Baker of the Chero­kee County Sher­iff’s Of­fice says in an emailed state­ment that po­lice found 51-year-old Cary Lan­ders and 41-year-old Kather­ine Lan­ders dead at a home in Can­ton, Ga. on Fri­day af­ter­noon. Baker says ev­i­dence at the scene in­di­cates that Lan­ders shot his wife in the face be­fore killing him­self. Lan­ders was found with a gun­shot wound in his mouth.

Baker says Kather­ine Lan­ders was charged in March with bat­tery against her hus­band. A con­di­tion of her bond was not to have con­tact with him.

Au­top­sies of both bod­ies are sched­uled at the GBI Crime Lab.

Sloth at At­lanta’s zoo

is preg­nant

AT­LANTA (AP) — A new sloth will be hang­ing around At­lanta’s zoo next year.

Zoo At­lanta says 19-year-old Hoff­man’s two-toed sloth Okra Mae is preg­nant. The zoo says sloths have an un­usu­ally long ges­ta­tion pe­riod, and Okra Mae is ex­pected to give birth in about a year.

Okra Mae had one pre­vi­ous sur­viv­ing baby be­fore ar­riv­ing at Zoo At­lanta. It will be the first off­spring for 21-yearold male Co­coa.

SA­VAN­NAH, Ga. (AP) — Equip­ment mal­func­tions could cre­ate de­lays for pas­sen­gers go­ing through se­cu­rity check­points at the Sa­van­nah Hil­ton-Head In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Air­port of­fi­cials re­leased a state­ment Satur­day warn­ing pas­sen­gers to ar­rive early and al­low ex­tra time to get through Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion check­points.

Air­port of­fi­cials say an X-ray ma­chine used in the Pre-Check lane at the air­port mal­func­tioned Satur­day morn­ing. All pas­sen­gers have to travel through two func­tional lanes at least through Mon­day.

GRIF­FIN, Ga. (AP) — A 43-year-old Grif­fin po­lice of­fi­cer was shot and killed while off-duty early Satur­day morn­ing and po­lice say the man who fired on him is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter be­ing shot by the of­fi­cer’s brother.

Au­thor­i­ties say Grif­fin Po­lice of­fi­cer Kenneth Jordan was work­ing se­cu­rity at a Waf­fle House when two men and a woman were asked to leave about 2:30 a.m. for be­ing dis­rup­tive. Grif­fin Po­lice Lt. Mike Richardon said in a state­ment that when Jordan at­tempted to ar­rest the woman in the park­ing lot, Michael Bow­man fired mul­ti­ple times into the of­fi­cer’s back.

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