A sheriff’s deputy has been indicted on federal charges in connection to her role in a drug raid in which a flash grenade exploded in a playpen, severely injuring a toddler.
Former Habersham County Deputy Nikki Autry was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing false information in a search warrant affidavit, according to acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. She alleged said drugs were sold to an informant at the house when no drugs had been sold, according to the indictment.
Horn said Wednesday that Autry also is charged with providing the same false information to obtain an arrest warrant.
The 19-month-old was asleep in a playpen in late May when deputies looking for a suspected drug dealer threw a flash grenade into the house during a “no-knock” raid.
The baby was severely burned and injured on his chest and face.