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UPDATE: Authorities to investigate raid that injured child

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CORNELIA, GA (AP) - The U.S. attorney in Atlanta says state and federal authorities are coordinating to determine what happened during a north Georgia law enforcement raid that resulted in a toddler being seriously injured by a flash grenade.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates on Tuesday called the incident a "terrible tragedy that must be fully investigated."

Bounkham Phonesavanh was injured when authorities used a flash grenade while executing a no-knock search warrant at the home where the 19-month-old was staying.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday the district attorney for Habersham County asked the agency to investigate the incident.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell has said officers were searching for a potentially armed drug suspect and didn't know children were inside. He has said officers followed protocol.

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By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) - An attorney for the family of a Georgia toddler severely burned by a flash grenade during a police raid says they want federal and state investigators to review the case.

Family attorney Mawuli Mel Davis said Monday no physical evidence has been collected at the home where the raid occurred. Earlier, Habersham County District Attorney Brian Rickman said his office is investigating whether any officials involved in a May 28 raid should face criminal charges.

Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. The device creates a bright flash and loud bang to distract suspects.

Davis says 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh is scheduled for surgery Monday and remains in critical condition. The family plans a vigil at the hospital.

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