RALEIGH, N.C. -- A move to create tougher punishment for people who abuse children is one step closer to becoming a law.
“Kilah's Law” has passed a North Carolina Senate Committee, and now heads to the full senate.
The house already approved it.
The bill is named for a local 4-year-old girl named Kilah Davenport.
A year ago, police say her stepfather beat her so badly she suffered severe brain damage.
The law would double or triple the current penalties for felony child abuse.