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Georgia Bureau of Investigation asked to investigate 'no-knock' raid that badly burned toddler

  • Alecia, left, and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate the police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh's family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy's mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Alecia, left, and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate the police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh's family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy's mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Emma Phonesavanh, the sister of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, cries while attending a vigil with her parents Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, rear left and right, outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate a police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh's family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy's mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Emma Phonesavanh, the sister of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, cries while attending a vigil with her parents Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, rear left and right, outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate a police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh's family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy's mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, from rear left, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil with their daughters outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate a police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh's family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy's mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Alecia and Boun Khan Phonesavanh, from rear left, the parents of 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh who was severely burned by a flash grenade during a SWAT drug raid, attend a vigil with their daughters outside Grady Memorial Hospital where he is undergoing treatment, Monday, June 2, 2014, in Atlanta. A Georgia state senator says he will ask U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates to investigate a police raid where the Georgia toddler was severely burned by a flash grenade. State Sen. Vincent Fort joined 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh's family at a prayer vigil outside Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Monday. The boy's mother says a fever may delay a planned surgery. Police have said officers were looking for a suspect who may have been armed and didn't know children were inside. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate a law enforcement raid in which a flash grenade seriously injured a toddler, the agency said Tuesday.

GBI agents met Tuesday afternoon with Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney Brian Rickman, who asked them to investigate the May 28 incident in Habersham County, the agency said in a news release.

Bounkham Phonesavanh — a 19-month-old nicknamed "Bou Bou" — was badly injured when authorities used a flash grenade while executing a no-knock search warrant at the home in Cornelia where he and his family were staying with relatives.

The grenade landed in the sleeping boy's playpen and his face was severely burned, according to authorities and the boy's family.

The family's attorney, Mawuli Mel Davis, said Bou Bou has been transferred to from Grady Memorial Hospital to Children's at Egleston hospital in Atlanta. He was supposed to have surgery Monday until he developed a fever that delayed the procedure.

Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell, whose deputies took part in the raid along with officers from the Cornelia Police Department, has said officers were searching for a drug suspect who they thought might be armed, and they didn't know children were inside. He has said officers followed protocol.

Rickman asked the GBI to determine whether the child's injuries resulted from a criminal act, the agency said.

Davis said authorities have collected no evidence at the home, so the family has hired its own investigators.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, along with Davis and other activists said Tuesday afternoon they met with U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates at her office and gave her a letter asking her to have the FBI investigate.

"As a parent, I can't imagine the horrible nightmare that this family is enduring," Yates said after the meeting. "This is a terrible tragedy that must be fully investigated. Federal and state authorities are coordinating to get to the bottom of what happened."

Cornelia is nearly 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.