- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — 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 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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