CONCORD, N.C. — The man convicted of assaulting Kilah Davenport could face more charges following the 4-year-old’s death, a defense attorney told WSOC on Friday.
Kilah was badly abused by her stepfather, Joshua Houser, in 2012. She died on Thursday.
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.
Kilah’s grandparents told WSOC they would support additional charges being brought against Houser.
“If they can show that her death was a result of those original injuries, I think it does give them an argument to charge for murder,” Rob Corbett, a defense attorney, told WSOC.
The Union County District Attorney said Friday he is investigating Kilah’s death and has not decided whether to pursue more charges against Houser.
“If her injuries were the cause of her death, I do want him retried,” said Kilah’s grandmother Leslie Davenport.
Kilah’s assault 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.