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.