No indictment in case of toddler hurt in Habersham Co. drug raid - CBS46 News

No indictment in case of toddler hurt in Habersham Co. drug raid

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A Habersham County grand jury decided not to indict law enforcement officials who were conducting a drug raid when a flash bang hurt a toddler on May 27.

19-month-old Bounkham 'Bou Bou' Phonesavanh was injured when the Habersham County Police SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade into the play-pen the child was sleeping in during the raid.

The Grand Jury found that the drug investigation leading to the raid was hurried and sloppy, saying the tragedy happened, in part, because of well-intentioned people in too big of a hurry to consider the consequences of their actions.

The report also takes care to mention the officers involved in the raid are also suffering and even points out, they are not un-feeling, un-caring robots.

And while it did find that police procedures regarding drug investigations need to change, the officers in this case only did their job as required under current procedures.

Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis, who represents the Phonesavanh family, released the following statement on Monday evening:

"We are reviewing the grand jury findings with our client. They are devastated and trying to comprehend the gravity of this decision and we will discuss this decision in detail [Tuesday] at 2:00 pm. This is a very sad day for this family and for the people of Georgia."


Habersham County also decided not to pay the medical bills for the toddler due to a pending lawsuit.

Baby Bou Bou spent five weeks at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston recovering from third-degree burns to his chest, injuries to his face and other areas.

CBS46 will have more after the news conference.

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