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Lawmakers hope to stiffen penalty for attacking DCFS workers

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WSIL -- Lawmakers will consider a bill to stiffen the penalty for attacking a Department of Children and Family Services worker.

Lawmakers started writing the bill after a DCFS investigator in Northern Illinois went to a home to take a two-year-old into protective custody. Police say, the father of that child, came outside, knocked the woman to the ground, and beat her so badly that she's now in a coma.  She has serious brain injuries and will need medical assistance for the rest of her life. 

Police identified that father as 25 year-old Andrew Sucher from Rock Falls, Illinois. He plead not guilty to aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, and aggravated battery of a state employee, both of which carry penalties of two to five years in prison. 

House Bill 4147 would change that. It would make the penalty for assaulting a DCFS worker the same as the penalty for assaulting a police officer or fire fighter while on the job.This bill would make the prison time for such an offense between four and 15 years. 

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