Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

North Carolina Abuse Bill

Both Democratic and Republican members of the North Carolina House of Representatives have sponsored a bill that, if passed, will increase the maximum penalty of child abuse convictions from 15 years to 33 years.  The proposed bill, “Kilah’s Law,” is named after Kilah Davenport, who was only 3 years old when she was severely beaten and almost killed by her stepfather, Joshua W. Houser, in May 2012.  Her injuries were so severe that doctors had to remove part of her skull to help reduce brain swelling.  Kilah’s mother Kirbi said in an interview, “My baby’s a prisoner in her own body.  My baby’s going to get justice, but it’s not the correct justice.  And the next one will get the correct justice.”

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