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Family of toddler injured by flash bang grenade arrive at home and plan lawsuit

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Justice is the dream of a Janesville family after their 1-year-old son was severely injured during a drug raid near Atlanta Georgia. After weeks of recovery, their son Bounkham Phonesavanh, Bou Bou for short, is showing significant signs of improvement. The boy sustained serious injuries to his face and mouth when drug investigators tossed a flash bang grenade into his crib.

"It's hard. As a parent, you want to try and take that pain and hurt away from them, and eventually, you have to realize that you just can't fix that for them," mother Alecia says.

"It was a rough night," father Bounkham Sr. adds. "That night, it took everything away from us."

The Phonesavanh's were staying with the father's sister near Atlanta when the incident took place. Investigators were looking for her son Wanis Thonetheva who is accused of selling methamphetamines out of the house. He was arrested a few hours later at a different location. Family members say he wasn't even living at the house at the time, but investigators had information that he had sold meth outside the front door of the home.

"We intend on seeking a civil lawsuit against them because this family will have to deal with this the rest of their lives," family attorney Mawuli Mel Davis says.

Attorneys with the family held a meeting Wednesday afternoon at the Madison Concourse Hotel with local attorneys, activists and a representative with the NAACP. Their goal was to get the word out about the family's story so that they can get the help and support they need. Bou has already undergone several surgeries on his face and mouth. At one point family members say he was in a coma and they didn't think he was going to make it out alive. They are currently preparing for an upcoming surgery to repair his mouth and lips.

"While we can't give him back that beautiful smile that he had before this, we do hope that we'll be able to give them an opportunity to live healthy as a family and address their medical concerns," Davis says.

Attorneys are waiting for a federal investigation to wrap up, but the family plans to sue both the county and the Cornelia Police Department, which participated in the raid. They're seeking money for ongoing medical expenses and emotional damage.

"Our son and daughters don't feel safe. They don't feel secure. It's a very tough situation. None of them are sleeping at night," Alecia says.

27 News tried to reach the Habersham County Sheriff's Office and district attorney by phone and e-mail, but our messages have not been returned. The sheriff has said previously there was no information to suggest children were staying at the home when the raid took place. He says had they known the operation would have been carried out differently.

The Phonesavanh family is struggling to keep up with medical bills. The Habersham County Sheriff's Office has said in media interviews that they would like pay for the family's medical costs, but family members say they haven't been contacted directly. Attorneys have set up a website for the family. Anyone can show their support through messages or donations by visiting www.justiceandprayersforboubou.org

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