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LaHood Says Enhanced Is Status Quo

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District Attorney Nico LaHood takes Child Abuse cases seriously.

DA continues to push for change in
Child Abuse laws

SAN ANTONIO, TX  –  One day after a woman was arrested and accused of hurting three children, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office announced a woman in a separate child abuse case has taken a plea deal.

Nico LaHood Starts A Child Abuse Division

Porucha Phillips, 34, entered a plea to two counts of injury to a child-serious bodily injury and received a sentence of 50 years in prison.

Phillips was arrested in April of 2016 after deputies found a three-year-old and a four-year-old tied with a dog chain and leash in the back of a North East side backyard.

Two other suspects still face charges in this case.

“We’re still in that negotiating process.  This sets the tone.  We’re showing how serious we are about this case,” District Attorney Nico LaHood said.

LaHood said he takes child abuse cases seriously.  Last legislative session he pushed to have the law “enhanced.”  He said it would give a judge or jury the opportunity to give the appropriate punishment for some of the most horrific abuse cases they see.

“It’s an enhancement, which always makes people feel uncomfortable, but all it’s doing is bringing everything up to status quo,” LaHood said.  “We have that in other areas of the law with sexual assaults, with family violence, domestic violence situations.”

LaHood said he would push to have the laws changed again in the next legislative session.

Nico LaHood starts a Child Abuse Division

District Attorney against Child Abuse
Nico LaHood, Bexar County DA


San Antonio, TX – It’s been a little more than three weeks since Nico LaHood took office as the Bexar County District Attorney and he said the atmosphere is already different.

“Three weeks in, people are encouraged. And if people are encouraged and hopeful then in my opinion, I’m going to get excellence out of them and I expect excellence out of the assistant district attorneys,” LaHood said.

LaHood said his biggest challenge so far has been dealing with the bureaucracy. The former criminal defense lawyer is now facing decisions from the opposite side of the court room.

“I think all those experiences in my life, being called every name in the book, even recently in the campaign and that’s fine, I’m comfortable in my skin to going through challenges and having to overcome challenges, physically, mentally, socially, has prepared me for this moment.”

Those challenges include his own time in the justice system and the murder of his brother. LaHood was present for the execution of his brother’s killer.

“What it’s taught me over the years is the ability and the authority to utilize the death penalty, which is appropriate in certain situations and I am a responsible supporter of the death penalty. Responsible,” he said

LaHood said he’s especially interested in cases involving children and started a child abuse division. He’s meeting with various judges and organizations to put together a child abuse summit.

“Once we analyze the problems, now what are the solutions. Let’s cut through all the bureaucracy BS and let’s bring some solutions,” he said.

He also has some very specific goals for his first year in office.
“That this guy wasn’t afraid to do what’s right, he didn’t play the BS political games. He wasn’t afraid to be himself, he wasn’t afraid to do what’s right. And he was consistent in office.”