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Family of beaten toddler hopes to create new law in her honor

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The family of a three-year-old who suffered severe brain damage after police say her stepfather beat her wants to create a law in her name.

The family of Kilah Davenport is working with a child abuse coalition to create "Kilah's Law."

Twenty-two-year-old Joshua Wilford Houser, Kilah's step-father, has been in jail on a million-dollar bond since mid-May when he was arrested by the Union County Sheriff's Office and charged with felony child abuse.

Deputies say he said he hit his 3-year-old step-daughter with a blunt object. She was transported to Jeff Gordon's Children's Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

If passed - the family hopes "Kilah's Law" will raise the required sentencing guidelines for any person convicted of causing a permanent debilitating physical injury to a child

The family also hopes to have the law seek to have the convicted person to be monitored following release from prison.

The family says it plans to release more details later this week in a news conference.

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