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GBI investigating drug raid that injured 19-month-old

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Nearly a week after he was critically injured by a flash bang grenade used in a controversial drug raid, Bounekahm "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh has been moved from Grady Hospital to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston.

"His face was literally blown off, he has a large chest wound that requires surgery and that surgery has not been scheduled. This boy is not out of the woods," said Marcus Coleman, Phonesavanh family spokesman. 

Coleman, attorney Mawuli Mel Davis and State Senator Vincent Fort met with the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

"They are investigating. They have collected evidence, they have treated it as a crime scene. They are doing the things that all the citizens of Georgia would expect and what they should have done last week if they had been called in," said Davis. 

The Phonesavanhs believe the actions of the deputies involved in the raid were reckless, and unprofessional at best and criminal at worst. And they also believe the Habersham County Sheriff and District Attorney have made no effort to ensure a fair and impartial investigation into what happened takes place.

"For a week to go by and the sheriff and the district attorney have not requested that the GBI or the U.S. Attorney get involved is a concern. Hopefully going forward it will be different," said State Sen. Vincent Fort (D) District 39.

Tuesday, after meeting with the Phonesavanh's representatives, U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said she is committed to looking into what happened.

"Now that the investigation has at least begun, we can begin to have some level of honest transparency that we have not had up to this point," said Davis.

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