RALEIGH, N.C. -- After passing with ease in North Carolina, an act that would stiffen penalties for child abusers was unanimously approved by the U.S. House.
On Monday, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, introduced by local Congressman Roger Pittenger, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on a voice vote.
Making way in the senate, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr introduced nearly identical legislation on Monday, which Pittenger's office says they expect will move quickly.
The act known locally as "Kilah's Law" is named after a young Monroe girl, Kilah Davenport, who was brutally beaten by her stepfather, authorities say, leaving her with severe and permanent brain damage.
Kilah's Law went into effect in North Carolina on December 1 after unanimously passing the NC House and Senate in April.