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Kilah’s Law gets support from Indian Trail Town Council

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UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The Indian Trail Town Council passed a resolution Tuesday to give their support to the Justice For All Coalition in working towards its goal of the creation of Kilah's Law.

Kilah's Law, named in honor of 3-year-old Kilah Davenport, a toddler who suffered severe injuries while in the care of her step-father in May, hopes to raise the sentencing guidelines for a debilitating injury of a child to the higher classification of a felony.

In May, Kilah Davenport was rushed to the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte after her step-father, 22-year-old Joshua Wilford Houser, allegedly beat the girl with a blunt object.

Kilah suffered severe injuries to 90% of her brain and a fractured skull as a result of the alleged beating. She was released from the hospital in July, two months after the incident.

Houser, who has been in jail on a $1 million bond since the incident, is only facing a maximum of 7.5 years in prison if he is convicted of beating Kilah, according to Jeff Gerber, founder of the Justice For All Coalition.

Kilah's Law, if passed, would raise sentences like this to a mandatory 25 years to life in prison. It would also mean once the convicted person serves their sentence, they would be monitored for life, the same as a convicted pedophile.

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