Toddler severely burned in drug raid in Georgia
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
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.