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Last week, Baby Bou Bou had to have yet another surgery as a result of his traumatic injuries in a botched, poorly researched raid on the home where he was staying on May 28th, 2014. For those who need a refresher, Bou Bou, whose legal name is Bounkham Phonesavanh, was sleeping in a crib in the living room of the house, near his parents and older sisters. They were staying in the home because their house in Wisconsin had recently burned down. A SWAT raid on the home, based on the eye-witness account of one informant, resulted in a flash grenade being tossed into Bou Bou’s crib, horribly injuring him.
In the national outcry that followed this terrible act of police negligence, Habersham County in Georiga, where the raid occurred, initially made statments that they would cover the expenses of Bou Bou’s surgeries and ongoing medical care as a result of the raid. They recently stated they will not pay and continue to refuse to do so. According the family, surgeries, hospitalizations, and ongoing medical care have cost $800,000 and rising.
The Phonesavanh family and their supporters are asking people to reach out on their behalf and help. They would like you to take a few minutes out of your day and call the Habersham County manager, Philip Sutton, and deliver the following message:
Hello my name is ________________. I am deeply troubled that Habersham County has broken their promise to pay for the hospital bill for Baby Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh. Habersham County is responsible for this terrible act, and I call on you to ensure the County pays its debt to these victims of needless violence.
If you can not call, consider sending an email. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his office number is (706) 839-0200. For updates on the situation, you can visit the Justice and Prayers for BouBou site. You can also sign this petition asking the county to do the right thing.
For previous Ladybud coverage of this tragic event and the family’s struggles since, click here.
Photo Credit: The Phonesavanh family