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Successful surgery for toddler injured in SWAT raid

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HABERSHAM COUNTY, Ga. - There's positive progress being made in the case of a toddler severely injured in a SWAT drug raid.

The child had successful surgery Thursday to remove the tube that was feeding oxygen to his lungs.

The GBI is now investigating a Habersham County toddler injured after a flash bang grenade detonated in his crib in a drug raid.

The toddler is still in critical condition. The Phonesavahn family tells FOX 5 doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are trying to stabilize the toddler for much needed chestsurgery.

The child, 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavahn, was asleep in his crib near a side door when members of the Habersham County Special Response Team used a flash bang grenade to enter his family's Cornelia home.

The explosive device landed in a pack and play crib where Phonesavahn was sleeping, severely injuring him.

The Unites States attorney in Atlanta says federal and state authorities are working together to determine what exactly happened during the raid.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says they went to the home because an undercover informant had purchased drugs there a few hours earlier. He says there was nothing that indicated children were in the home and that the drug deal was made in the room where the side door is located.

Later the special response team went back to that side door and entered with a no knock warrant not realizing a father, mother and their two children including little “Bou” had since went to sleep down there.

The sheriff says the GBI and Habersham County district attorney have tentatively ruled the raid justifiable. The sheriff’s office says the raid that injured the toddler later led to the arrest of Wanis Thonetheva, 32, and other suspects on drug charges.

Family members say little Bou and his family had recently moved into the home from Wisconsin.

The family of Little Bou, along with activist Marcus Coleman, Maewli David and other members of the community held a prayer vigil at Grady Memorial Monday afternoon.

The parents of the injured toddler came before an audience Tuesday night in SW Atlanta at a town hall meeting centered around police violence.
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