The parents of a baby burned during a botched drug raid met with FBI and GBI agents Tuesday, telling their version of events surrounding the Habersham County drug raid.
As their 19-month old son, nicknamed Baby Bou Bou, was being prepped for his fourth surgery in a week, parents Alecia and Bounkham Phonosavanh continued to demand justice for the drug raid that left him in a medically-induced coma.
“We are assisting in every way possible the officers responsible for hurting our son and traumatizing our family are brought to justice,” Alecia told reporters, after the couple met with state and federal investigators for three hours on Tuesday.
At the end of the meeting, according to family attorney Mawuli Davis, Bounkham broke down in tears, thanking the agents for hearing their side of the story.
“(He) began to shake their hands and cry and say, ‘Finally, somebody is listening’,” Davis recalled.
During the drug raid last week, Habersham County deputies threw a flash-bang grenade into baby Bounkham’s crib, critically wounding him. The drug suspect they were looking for, flagged during an undercover buy hours earlier, had not lived in the home for weeks, the Phonosavanhs told authorities.
Deputies, who were serving a no-knock warrant, said they had no idea children were in the house, despite a van with four baby seats in the driveway. The suspect was later arrested at a different house, where deputies knocked on the door before serving their warrant.
“These officers should not continue to work as law officers. They should be held criminally responsible for their actions,” Davis said.