Ohio Family’s Tragedy: Mother Blames Police for Infant’s Safety Concerns in Raid

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A distressed Ohio mother is demanding a thorough investigation after a mistaken police raid, captured on a doorbell camera, resulted in injuries to her 17-month-old son. 

The incident unfolded in a Cleveland suburb last Wednesday when dozens of police officers targeted the home of the woman’s aunt.

Courtney Price, still reeling from the traumatic event, recounts how a flash-bang explosion shattered a window next to her 17-month-old son, Waylon, who was already on a ventilator at the time. 

The Elyria Police Special Response Team claims the raid was appropriate, executed under a search warrant for a minor connected to a burglary.

Challenging the police narrative, Price asserts that officers forcefully entered the residence, breaking down the front door in a dramatic raid, a moment chillingly captured on a Ring camera in Ohio. 

The chaotic scene unfolded with smoke filling the home, lights flashing, and police brandishing rifles at Price. She felt immobilized with panic, unable to approach her son.

Shortly after, she was led outside, handcuffed, all the while expressing worry for her ventilator-dependent infant. Waylon was hospitalized with burns, glass shards, and smoke exposure, diagnosed with chemical pneumonitis from the flash-bang chemicals, according to Price. 

Ohio Investigation Transparency

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A distressed Ohio mother is demanding a thorough investigation after a mistaken police raid, captured on a doorbell camera, resulted in injuries to her 17-month-old son.

However, Elyria Police refute claims that the youngster was exposed to chemical agents during the operation and state that neither Price nor medical personnel observed any obvious damage on the child at the scene.

Redia Jennings, Price’s aunt, expressed alarm about frequent police visits to the property in pursuit of a suspect who does not reside there, leaving the family frightened. The family plans to file a lawsuit against the department due to the damage sustained to their home.

In response to the department’s actions, the city’s mayor expressed grave concerns and initiated an Ohio investigation. As the investigation unfolds, bodycam footage is being examined and will be made available to the public. 

The fallout from this mistaken raid raises critical questions about the appropriate use of force and the potential consequences of flawed police operations on innocent civilians.

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