Supporters lobby for passage of child abuse bill

Supporters lobby for passage of child abuse bill

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 5 at 6:33 PM

MONROE, N.C. --  Supporters of H.R. 1311, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, are upset that the bill has been bogged down in a congressional sub-committee. If passed, it would require at least ten years in prison for those convicted of felony child abuse.

Friday, supporters of "Kilah's Law" spoke out at the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department. First responders brought Kilah to the Davenport House when she was severely injured last year.
Kilah's step-father Joshua Houser is charged with felony child abuse. His case has not gone to trial.

"Although all of North Carolina overwhelmingly supported stricter sentencing guidelines for felony child abuse, I am appalled that my own congressman, who also happens to be the Davenport Family's Congressman Richard Hudson, as well as U.S. Senators Kay Hagen and Richard Burr, refuse to take five minutes out of their schedule to return the many emails and phone calls." Jeff Gerber said

Gerber, Founder of the Justice For All Coalition, added, “Felony child abuse is not an isolated problem in North Carolina. This is a nationwide problem."

Gerber and Kilah's family have asked for meetings with North Carolina lawmakers but have not heard back from anyone, except the bill's sponsor Congressman Robert Pittenger.

"All we are asking for is a short meeting with these members of Congress to explain the importance of H.R. 1311 and inform them of the epidemic of child abuse that has plagued our Country. All we ask for is five minutes to reveal to us their intention regarding this act," said Gerber.
 

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