U.S. Senate passes 'Kilah's Law'

U.S. Senate passes 'Kilah's Law'

U.S. Senate passes 'Kilah's Law'

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 8:16 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Almost a week after a block in the U.S. Senate, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act has officially passed Congress.

In a Wednesday night vote, the Senate passed what is locally known as “Kilah’s Law,” named for Kilah Davenport.

The 3-year-old girl was beaten by her stepfather in 2012. She died in March. Joshua Houser was sentenced to 92 to 123 months in prison for felony child abuse.

The House unanimously passed the act in December. It will now move to President Obama’s desk.
The Kilah Davenport Act, introduced by Rep. Robert Pittenger, hardens penalties for child abusers.
 
The law is in effect in North Carolina.

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