CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. – Kilah Davenport, a victim of child abuse, died Thursday at a local hospital, her grandmother told WSOC.
She was almost five years old.
Kilah was badly abused by her stepfather, Joshua Houser, in 2012. Houser was sentenced last month to 92 to 123 months in prison for felony child abuse.
Houser was convicted of shoving Kilah’s head through a wall of his home in Indian Trail in May 2012. She was 3-years-old at the time.
Kilah suffered a broken collarbone, a fractured skull, a brain injury and bruising. The beating caused permanent injuries to her skull and brain.
The incident prompted “Kilah’s Law,” which was passed in North Carolina and increases sentences for people convicted of child abuse.
Under Kilah’s Law, child abusers convicted of major felonies who once faced less than 10 years behind bars, can now be sentenced to 25 years to life.