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  • 30 May 2014, 14:59

Boy Hurt By Police Stun Grenade Fights For Life

A 19-month-old boy has been left critically injured after police tossed a flash bang onto his bed during a raid.

CBS in Atlanta, Georgia, said the boy has a 50% chance of survival.

Police were on a night-time raid to arrest a suspected drug dealer after getting a tip from an informant.

The officers did not know that a child was in the house, local reports said.

As officers broke into the house of the suspected drug dealer, Wanis Thomethev, they tossed inside a flash bang - a device used to distract suspects during raids.

Alecia Phonesavanh, the child's mother, told CBS Atlanta: "It's my baby. He's my only baby. He didn't deserve any of this."

The boy is reported to be in an induced coma in with serious burns.

Police defended the officers' actions.

"The last thing you want is law enforcement to injure someone innocent," Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"It was a terrible accident that was never supposed to happen."

The relationship between the suspect and the boy's family was not clear.

Reports said the suspect was not at home at the time of the raid but was later arrested.

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