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Man found guilty in 2012 beating of toddler step-daughter

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Kilah Davenport (left) and Joshua Houser. (Photos courtesy: WSOC-TV)

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — A man was found guilty Thursday in the 2012 beating of his 3-year-old Cabarrus County step-daughter.

WSOC reported that Joshua Houser has been found guilty in a Union County courtroom in the beating of Kilah Davenport.

The jury decided the crime was a result of two aggravated factors – the victim was very young and crime was especially heinous, atrocious or cruel.  The judge’s sentence for Houser will be impacted by that decision.

The jury started deliberating Wednesday.

Houser has said since the beginning that he didn’t hurt his stepdaughter.

In a courtroom, he reiterated that and described to jurors what he remembered about the day that Kilah was rushed to the hospital.

Houser said any damage he did was to a wall he said he punched out of frustration with a 911 operator.

Houser’s attorney had him show in court how he hit that wall.

The prosecution told the jury the hole was made when Houser threw Kilah’s head into the wall.

Prosecutors said hair matching her DNA was found in the Sheetrock.

The victim had to have emergency brain surgery and will be in a wheelchair the rest of her life.

Source: WSOC


  • Richard Nance

    Hang this Low Life or whatever he is from the nearest tree, but more then likely he will receive just a Slap on the Wrist because of the most Lenient judicial system in the Nation that;s here in NC….

  • SMH

    Why is it that when an animal hurts a child they are put down? But when a human, who should know better, hurts a child they get free room and board, free meals and free medical care? This just aint’t right!!!

  • 420 Associate

    Throw him in general population… my life on it he won’t last 3min before his parents get a call saying “come identify your son”

      • marsha mabe

        Faith you really are a person that should think before you open that pie hole!! I think you should be banned because everything you comment on this is pure bs!!! A child is a gift we’re here to protect them not beat the heck out of them!!

  • Geneva

    So where are the parents while children are being brutally beaten by people they bring into the child’s life? Are the parents to blame? Neglect maybe?

  • wild man

    if this was my little girl he would not make it to prison he would get a beat down that he would never forget the cops would not be able to help him pick on someone that can take up for there self punk

    • marsha mabe

      You are so right! This woman has no heart I just Pray that she open’s her eye’s instead of that mouth so much to see this world we live in is so.cruel and to beat a sweet lil girl like that is just uncalled for.This monster deserves death because this lil girl will nevet get to enjoy life like she should she’s still a baby in my eyes. I really hope that faith learns to keep her mouth shut she prob thinks the same about all crimes

  • Ashley

    this guy deserves to be thrown away forever and while he is in the pen i hope they beat him until he is unrecognizable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • badelizabeth2013

    we need the punishment to fit the crime. go back to the bible roots of an eye for an eye. – if people knew they were going to be really punished for what they did – that may stop some of this.

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