Man convicted of abusing Kilah Davenport could face additional charges

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

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.

Source: WSOC


  • FaithC

    What kind of an animal does this to a child? They need to charge him with murder. Give him his trial and when found guilty, do to him what he did to this child. Do it every day. Give him something to look forward to every day until there are just no more days for him.

  • amy

    @Carolina picker do you work or have kids? Ever went to the store for something without your kids? If you worked retail or at a factory where woukd they be? On your back or in your pocket. Since it is possible to have your kids with you 24 hours a day

  • Conan

    POS! If he has already been convicted of shoving her head through the wall in 2012, why in hell is he alive much less facing this trial? Sorry folks, but if that was my grandchild, niece or other, we would not be seeing his face on here. DEAD. If i had to go to jail for that little girl to live, so be it.

  • Loretta Terry

    He should be charged with first degree murder with a life without mercy sentence,or even better the death penalty. He’s been in jail long enough,he just needs taken out of society permanently.

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