It was a bittersweet moment for the family of Kilah Davenport Thursday.

Kilah is the 4-year-old who was brutally beaten at the hands of her stepfather and died back in March.

Her story inspired a federal law calling for tougher penalties against those convicted of child abuse.

Congressman Robert Pittenger drafted the legislation, and Thursday night he presented a copy of the "Kilah Davenport Act" to her family.

"Kilah impacted this entire county. And now she's going to impact the entire United States," a family member said.

The bill was signed by President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy.

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