Group wants tougher child abuse laws after NC girl beaten

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Kilah Davenport (WSOC)

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — A group is demanding tougher child abuse laws after a 3-year-old Cabarrus County girl was severely beaten by her stepfather.

WSOC reported that Kilah Davenport remains hospitalized more than one month after the attack.

Kilah’s stepfather, Joshua Houser, was charged with felony child abuse and if convicted faces up to eight years in prison.

Jeff Gerber said that is not enough. Gerber is pushing for Kilah’s Law, which would increase penalties for serious child abusers.

“Kilah’s Law would raise that to the same level as pedophiles,” he said, according to WSOC.

Kilah Davenport’s grandparents talked on Tuesday about what they have experienced over the past month.

“We’re amazed at the outpouring of support that we’ve had,” said Leslie Davenport, Kilah’s grandmother, according to WSOC. “It was devastating news. We were told that she would not live.”

Read more: WSOC.