It’s hard to get the state to admit wrongdoing, even if innocent people were harmed. Not even babies can get a break. The local government of Habersham County, GA refuses to medical expenses for a toddler’s burns endured during an erroneous raid.
Bounkham Phonesavah, known by loved ones as “Baby Boo Boo,” spent significant time in a burn unit after a SWAT team’s grenade detonated in his 19-month-old face. The officers executed a no-knock raid on his family’s house and threw a “less-lethal” flash-bang grenade into his crib. Police claim a confidential informant told them he had purchased drugs in the house. No evidence of a drug operation was found in the house.
According to FOX-31 Denver:
Habersham County officials initially said they would consider helping pay hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medical bills for the toddler, but on Monday announced that they will not.
“The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses,” officials said. “After consideration of this question following advice of counsel, the board of commissioners has concluded that it would be in violation of the law for it to do so.”
The Phonesavahs’ attorney said that isn’t good enough, and that the family will sue if necessary.