No charges for officers in botched drug raid that disfigured toddler

No charges for officers in botched drug raid that disfigured toddler

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Jonathan Phillips
July 2, 2014 Atlanta - Bounkham Phonesavanh (center) holds onto his mother Alecia's and father Bounkham Sr.'s hands as they walk to their table during a farewell breakfast at Delightful Eatz in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Known as Baby Bou Bou, the young child has been in the hosital for the past five weeks after a botched drug raid in Habersham County. The family is moving back to Wisconsin later this week. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

A Habersham County grand jury has decided not to charge any of the law enforcement officers involved in the botched drug raid that disfigured a toddler.

Nineteen-month-old Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh’s nose was detached from his face after a stun grenade landed in his playpen during the raid, carried out by a Habersham SWAT team in May. According to an incident report obtained from the Habersham sheriff’s office, deputies were told to anticipate a cache of weapons and armed guards at the home.

» VIEW THE DOCUMENT: Read the grand jury's findings here

A search inside turned up neither guns nor drugs. Wanis Thonetheva, who didn’t even live at the house, was arrested later that day without incident and charged only with possession of methamphetamine.

Mawuli Davis, the attorney for the Phonesavanh family, said the family was “devastated” to learn no criminal charges would be brought.

The 23-person grand jury heard evidence for six days before releasing their 15-page presentment.

For the full story, visit MyAJC.com.

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