Habersham County officials in Georgia say they will not pay for the medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured by a flash-bang grenade, during a no-knock police raid back in May.
19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavah (Baby Boo Boo) spent weeks in a burn unit after deputies with a Cornelia Police Department SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade directly into his crib, which exploded in his face.
The raid was conducted at 3:00 am, May 28, while police were attempting to execute a search warrant for a drug suspect that wasn’t even in the home.
At the time of the incident, the child was rushed to the Grady Memorial Hospital burn unit where he was put into a medically induced coma.
Alecia Phonesavanh, the toddlers mother, remarked at the time that, “[The grenade] landed in his playpen and exploded on his pillow right in his face.”
“It’s my baby,” she said. “He’s only a baby. He didn’t deserve any of this.”
The Habersham County’s attorney provided the following statement regarding the payment of the child’s medical bills:
“The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses. After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so.”
The Phonesavah family attorney, Muwali Davis, says the family should not have to pay the bills because an independent investigation showed authorities used faulty information to get a search warrant.
In fact, the Habersham County’s sheriff said a confidential informant had specifically told the depeartemnt that no children lived in the home.
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The Phonesavanh family says they have no insurance to pay the medical bills and have set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the child’s expenses.
The fund has raised over $38,000 of its $100,000 goal. You can visit the page HERE to donate.