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The Bexar County District Attorney and Sheriff's offices are working with the San Antonio Police Department to implement a method known as "cite and release" for select misdemeanors. / District Attorney

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood wants to increase the punishment for people who commit serial physical abuse against children, the elderly, and the disabled.

LaHood made the announcement on Wednesday.  He pointed out that if there are no broken bones, a severed liver, ruptured organs, etc., they can only charge suspected abusers with a third degree felony, which means only up to 10 years in prison.

LaHood is proposing four changes to the penal code, Chapter 22.04

Medical professionals have been quick to counter comments made by Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood about a link between autism and childhood vaccinations.  The medical groups stress there is no scientific link between the two, and vaccinations are an important preventative measure for children. 

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Nicolas 'Nico' LaHood will be only the second Bexar County District Attorney in the 21st century. After beating Susan Reed--Bexar County's first female DA and 16-year veteran of the office-- in November he changed the political stripe of the office.

When he is confirmed later this week, we will see how he changes the focus of one of the busiest District Attorney's offices in the state.

His predecessor was known for her 'Tough on Crime' approach to law enforcement. One of Reed's more controversial stances were on blood draws from people who refused breathalyzer tests.