- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico child welfare officials are asking state lawmakers to consider legislation that would establish tougher penalties for offenders who assault or batter social workers.

The proposal was among several presented by the state Children, Youth and Families Department during an interim legislative committee meeting in Santa Fe on Wednesday.

Officials say the agency’s field workers have difficult and dangerous jobs and the proposal would ensure CYFD workers are treated the same as other health care workers and police officers.

The agency also proposed expanding the “Baby Brianna” law to allow for a punishment of life in prison for anyone who intentionally abuses a child regardless of age or whether the child dies as a result of the abuse.



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