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DA: Grand jury to investigate police raid that led to severe injuries to toddler

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ATLANTA — A prosecutor in northeast Georgia says a grand jury will investigate a police raid that severely injured a toddler when a flash grenade detonated in the child's play pen.

Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman said Tuesday that he will present results of an investigation into the botched raid to a grand jury on Sept. 29.

Rickman tells WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/Ytwcjj) that the grand jury is expected to determine whether the raid was handled appropriately, and it could return criminal charges if warranted. No charges have been filed in the case.

Bounkham Phonesavanh (BOON'-kahm fohn-SAH'-vahn) was asleep in a play pen in late May when authorities looking for a suspected drug dealer threw a flash grenade into the house.

Family members say the boy has undergone several extensive surgeries since the raid.


Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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