SWAT team disfigured toddler with grenade – Habersham County, Georgia, leaves family with $1 million in medical debt

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Georgia family whose child was blown up by a flash grenade during a botched drug raid, which a local pastor had the audacity to claim was part of “the Lord’s work,” has had their lives completely destroyed, with over $1 million in medical debt that the local government responsible for this act of terrorism is now refusing to pay.

On May 28, the Cornelia home of Habersham County residents Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh was raided by a police SWAT team, which assaulted their 18-month-old son Bounkham Jr. with a flash-bang device. The child was consequently left with a disfigured face and a collapsed lung, and the previously debt-free family has since incurred an insurmountable level of debt paying for his medical expenses.

Habersham County sheriff’s deputy Charles Long, pictured on the right here, is reportedly the one that threw the grenade, leaving young “Bou Bou,” as his parents called him, with terrible burn marks on his face and chest. A gruesome photo of what Deputy Charles Long, under the leadership of Sheriff Joey Terrell, did to young Bou Bou during this violent act of domestic terrorism by police can be seen here.

According to reports, the SWAT team was looking for Mr. Phonesavanh’s 30-year-old nephew, who a confidential informant had claimed was selling small amounts of methamphetamine from his mother’s home. But the nephew, Wanis Thonetheva, was not even living at the house, which drug agent and deputy Nikki Autry had nonetheless secured a “no-knock” warrant for. This warrant was executed by the Habersham Special Response Team.

“Before this, we didn’t owe anybody anything,” Mrs. Phonesavanh told ABC News, referring to all the medical debt incurred in the treatment of young Bou Bou. The Phonesavanh’s had just moved down to Georgia temporary to stay with relatives after their house back in Wisconsin burned down. “And now after all this, they have completely financially crippled us.”

Another shocking image of what Habersham Sheriff Joey Terrell’s department did to 18-month-old Bou Bou is available here.

Sheriff Terrell says his band of thugs would “do the same thing again”

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