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    Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Habersham County officials say they do not plan to pay for the medical expenses of a toddler seriously injured during a police raid. Bounkham Phonesavah, affectionately known as "Baby Boo Boo," spent weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT team's flash grenade exploded near his face. The toddler was just 19-months-old and asleep in the early morning hours of May 28. SWAT officers threw the device into his home while executing a search warrant for a drug suspect. Habersham County officials are defending their decision not to pay, but the child's family isn't giving up. After weeks of recovery at two different hospitals, Channel 2 Action News was there in July as the little boy walked out of a hospital with his family. He is doing better, but late Friday afternoon, his family's attorney told said the family’s medical bills are mounting. “But at this point, the county is refusing to pay,” said attorney Muwali Davis.
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    Wow, just wow.

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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    The reply from the County was this:

    Habersham County’s attorney provided the following statement, saying: "The question before the board was whether it is legally permitted to pay these expenses. 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."
    Seems the next course of action to end this is for someone to prove it is not illegal for the county to pay for this and pave the way forward.

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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    The reply from the County was this:

    Seems the next course of action to end this is for someone to prove it is not illegal for the county to pay for this and pave the way forward.
    No, I think "the next course of action" is a lawsuit against the police department. Their legal team would probably encourage them to settle a filed lawsuit, but a lawsuit is probably the correct mechanism.
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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    No, I think "the next course of action" is a lawsuit against the police department. Their legal team would probably encourage them to settle a filed lawsuit, but a lawsuit is probably the correct mechanism.
    If someone could prove that it isn't illegal for the county to pay, problem solved. The county is hiding behind this and if proven wrong they will have to pay.

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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    If someone could prove that it isn't illegal for the county to pay, problem solved. The county is hiding behind this and if proven wrong they will have to pay.
    The problem would not be solved. You are naive. They aren't even going to TRY to prove it's legal for the county to pay. The correct mechanism, and the one that will be initiated, is a lawsuit . . . for medical bills, pain and suffering.
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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    The problem would not be solved. You are naive. They aren't even going to TRY to prove it's legal for the county to pay. The correct mechanism, and the one that will be initiated, is a lawsuit . . . for medical bills, pain and suffering.
    Ok I'm "naive" because I have a different perspective than you ok.

    You go get em then.

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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Why is nobody mentioning the responsibility of the drug dealer in the house? After all, if they weren't allegedly dealing drugs, there would have been no raid.
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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Why is nobody mentioning the responsibility of the drug dealer in the house? After all, if they weren't allegedly dealing drugs, there would have been no raid.
    They raided the wrong house! There was no drug dealer.

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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by TeleKat View Post
    They raided the wrong house! There was no drug dealer.
    No, the drug dealer wasn't home at the time of the raid, at least from everything I've read. It was the correct house.
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    Re: Habersham County Will Not Pay Medical Bills For Toddler Injured In Drug Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    No, the drug dealer wasn't home at the time of the raid, at least from everything I've read. It was the correct house.
    Well, the man wasn't there and they didn't even know there was a kid in the house. Sounds like they didn't know a damn thing about the house they were raiding. The attorney of the family even uncovered some evidence that the unit used faulty information to get the search warrant, simply so they could do the raid. You're right that it's not 100% certain it was the wrong house, I misread, but there's evidence out there that suggests it might have been the wrong house. That's why we have investigations.

    With that said, since when did a search warrant grant you the ability to send a SWAT team to break into a house and wing grenades everywhere? Even if it was the right house, which we'll know after the investigation clears, they should still be held accountable for their careless actions. They weren't paying attention to where they were throwing it, they were acting with excessive force to begin with, and they didn't get enough information on the house before they acquired the warrant. The county should pay the medical bills at minimum.
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