NC 4-year-old Kilah Davenport’s death ruled a homicide

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

UNION COUNTY — Days after an autopsy showed a little girl, severely beaten by her step-father in May 2012, died from pneumonia, a NC Medical Examiner report calls her death a homicide.

According to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner, Kilah Davenport died at the age of 4 of Pneumonia due to complications of remote blunt-force head injuries.

Kilah died in March, two years after officials say her stepfather beat her.

Joushua Houser was convicted of shoving Kilah’s head through a wall of his home in Indian Trail in May 2012. She was three 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.

He is serving seven and a half years for child abuse. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will charge Houser with murder.

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.

Source: WSOC

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