Governor McCrory Signs Kilah’s Law

On Wednesday, April 24, Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill that has come to be known as Kilah’s Law into law in Raleigh. The bill increases the penalties for convicted child abusers to a Class D felony and requires their official record show that the abused was younger than 16 years of age. Before this law, child abuse was classified as “domestic violence” on official records. Said the Governor, “It is our duty to protect North Carolina’s children to the best of our abilities. It is my hope that Kilah’s Law will help stop child abuse in our state.” Kilah’s Law is named after 4-year-old Kilah Davenport, a child  brutally abused while in her step-father’s care. Kilah suffered serious brain damage, a fractured skull, a broken collarbone and other injuries as a result of the attack in 2012.  Her step-father, Joshua Houser,  is currently imprisoned and awaiting trial. Kilah survived the attack.  She and her family joined Governor McCrory along with lawmakers for the bill signing Wednesday afternoon. Senator Tommy Tucker, who was one of the sponsors of the bill said, “No one can undo the acts of violence committed upon Kilah Davenport. We can, however, send a very clear message that North Carolina, as a civil and just society, will not allow this child’s suffering to continue in vain.”