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Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act passes House, heads to Senate

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Kilah Davenport and her mom watch as Rep. Robert Pittenger debates the Kilah Davenport Protection Act on the House floor Kilah Davenport and her mom watch as Rep. Robert Pittenger debates the Kilah Davenport Protection Act on the House floor
Kilah Davenport before authorities say she was brutally beaten by her step-father. Kilah Davenport before authorities say she was brutally beaten by her step-father.
UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The U.S. House of Representatives officially approved the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013, passing it unanimously on Monday.

U.S. Representative Robert Pittenger authored the bill for the House. It was co-sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson from North Carolina, Rep. Patrick Murphy from Florida and Rep. Eric Swalwell from California.

"I knew from day one that I had to do something to make a change. To help other people," said Kilah's grandmother, Leslie Davenport.

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act would help increase prison time for convicted child abusers who cause serious injuries, for at least ten years.

The bill is named for 3-year-old Kilah Davenport, from Union County, who was authorities say was thrown into a wall by her step-father, Joshua Houser last year. She was nearly killed.

Doctors were forced to remove a part of her skull and left the young girl with brain damage.

He is currently being held on a $1 million bond in Union County and will appear before a judge on Tuesday morning.

The bill, also known as H.R.3627, was introduced on Monday in the Senate by U.S. Senator Richard Burr. Last week it passed the House Judiciary Committee.

Now it will need to pass the US Senate, before heading to President Barack Obama's desk.

On December 1, Kilah's Law officially started in North Carolina, on a state level. The new North Carolina law will increase the maximum penalty for the most serious abuse charges from roughly 15 years to 33 years.

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