Parents of toddler hurt in GA drug raid sue law enforcement
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The parents of a toddler injured by a flash grenade during a drug raid in north Georgia in May have filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages.
Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh (BOON'-kahm fohn-SAH'-vahn) filed the lawsuit last week in federal court in Gainesville. It seeks damages from Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell and members of a task force that carried out the raid.
Terrell didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment on Tuesday.
During the raid on the northeast Georgia home in May, a flash grenade detonated in 19-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh's playpen. The family has said the toddler had his face and chest blown open and suffered burns in the raid.
The lawsuit asks for a jury trial and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
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