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Individual allegedly responsible for toddler's injury arrested

A Georgia toddler made national news headlines when he suffered critical injuries during a raid on a suspected drug house. Recent information brought to light that the evidence used to obtain the warrant was likely falsified. Additionally, the man that police were after was not even home at the time. Now the young boy and his family will have to live with the emotional and physical pain of his injury for the rest of their lives.

While attempting to garner a so-called no-knock search warrant, a deputy with the Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team submitted a sworn affidavit that an undercover agent had made a small purchase of methamphetamine from the residence in question. With the information that the judge had on hand, the no-knock warrant was issued. It was only later discovered that the statements made in the affidavit were false.

A SWAT team was sent to the house and attempted to enter through the home's front door, but when they discovered that it was blocked, one of the officers threw in a flash-bang grenade. The grenade landed inside the item that had been blocking the front door -- a child's playpen. When it exploded, the toddler who had been asleep at the time suffered such catastrophic injuries that medical professionals had to keep him induced in a coma for weeks while he was treated in a special unit for burn victims.

According to police, the man that the police were after was not even home at the time, and the information submitted as evidence for the no-knock warrant was falsified. While the individual accused of submitting the falsified affidavit has been federally charged, this may be of little comfort to the family of the injured child. Medical treatment for severe burns can be extensive and painful, not to mention the permanent damage the typically accompanies these types of devastating burns. Georgia parents have the right to seek civil justice on behalf of their children who have wrongfully suffered an injury by a negligent act, and those who successfully complete the process of a personal injury claim are often able to achieve necessary compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and emotional trauma.

Source: CNN, "Ex-Georgia deputy sheriff indicted in flash-bang raid that maimed toddler", Stephanie Gallman, July 22, 2015

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