Effort To Strengthen Child Abuse Laws


WFMY News 2 — The life of a 3-year old little girl has changed in the last year.

In May, Kilah Davenport was almost beaten to death. Police say her step-father attacked her, broke her collar bone and fractured her little skull, damaging 90 percent of her brain.

The punishment, for this life changing beating? The max is 7 and a half years in prison. Many think that’s too lenient, and now a group is traveling across North Carolina to gain support for a bill called “Kilah’s Law.”

The legislation would increase the punishment for anyone who causes permanent injury to a child.

“We just don’t feel like the sentence fits the crime, and that’s what Kilah’s Law is, to increase from a Class C felony to a Class B felony. Where someone that comities a crime with dubitation injuries like this they can get 25 years up to life in prison, ” said Mitiz Cartrette, Kilah’s Law supporter.

The bill will be presented when the legislature reconvenes the end of January.

The Justice For All Coalition is starting its call for support Friday. At 10:30 a.m., the group will be presenting the proposed law to the public at the New Hope Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. The church is on Shattalon Drive.

Source: Dig Triad