A federal judge has approved settlements totaling $3.6 million to the parents of a toddler who was severely injured when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen during a 2014 raid.
The settlements were announced Friday by Mawuli Mel Davis, attorney for Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh.
The judge signed off on three settlements previously reached with three Georgia counties: Rabun and Stephen counties for $1.65 million and $964,000 with Habersham. A settlement was also reached with the city of Cornelia for $1 million.
‘We have worked diligently with our co-counsel to obtain the best possible result for Baby Bou Bou and his family,’ Davis said in a statement.
‘What we achieved will not fix what happened or take away the nightmares, but we hope it helps them move forward as a family.’
Bounkham ‘Bou Bou’ Phonesavanh was 19 months old in 2014 when deputies serving a warrant tossed a flash bang device into the home where they thought a drug dealer was staying.
The device landed in the toddler’s playpen and left him with serious injuries to his face and chest.
I remember when this first happened, during the initial interviews with the press the fucking sheriff had a silly ass grin on his face while denying that his department did anything wrong or was negligent in any way.