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Kilah Davenport rushed to hospital with unknown respiratory illness

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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) -

A toddler, who police say was severely beaten at the hands of her stepfather, has been rushed to the hospital with an unknown respiratory illness.

WBTV has learned that Union County toddler Kilah Davenport was admitted to the hospital on Sunday.

Davenport was nearly beaten to death in 2012 and received injuries that forced doctors to remove a part of her skull and left the young girl with brain damage.  She was just three-years-old at the time.

Kilah's stepfather, 22-year-old Joshua Houser, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse.

WBTV has learned that since being admitted to the hospital on Sunday, Kilah is awake and alert while doctors attempt to figure out what is happening.

Kilah had a tracheotomy after she was reportedly beaten, and been breathing through tracheostomy tube. She has been breathing on her own for a while now.

Davenport's beating spurred a new North Carolina law, Kilah's Law, aimed at giving tougher penalties for convicted child abusers. It became law in December.

The new law will increase the maximum penalty for the most serious abuse charges from roughly 15 years to 33 years.

A similar bill has been written for Congress, but is currently stalled.  Senator Richard Burr's office says Burr is attempting to find a Democratic co-sponsor for the bill, but hasn't had any luck.

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