EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Houser speaks to WBTV about Kilah Davenport - | WBTV Charlotte

EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Houser speaks to WBTV about Kilah Davenport


The man convicted of abusing Kilah Davenport is breaking his silence in an exclusive interview with WBTV.

A jury found Joshua Houser guilty of throwing the little girl into a wall, and leaving her with severe brain damage. Kilah later died, but Houser has always insisted he didn't do it.

Houser is now serving a six year prison sentence for abusing Kilah. For two months, WBTV's David Spunt wrote back and forth with Houser. He didn't agree to talk to a reporter until Spunt approached him.

In letters to WBTV, Houser made it clear that he wanted to tell his side of the story, and do it in person. WBTV gave prison officials the letters proving Houser wanted Spunt to come and meet with him in person, but several times, officials denied the request. Officials told WBTV that Houser is in protective custody and state rules don't allow interviews in prison.

WBTV's David Spunt spoke to Houser on the phone at one of his family member's homes.

Spunt wasted no time getting to what happened on May 16, 2012 behind the doors of the Union County home, Houser and his ex-wife Kirbi Davenport shared. Houser and Kilah were alone when he called 911. Spunt asked Houser what went through his mind just before he called 911.  

"It was unreal. I didn't comprehend her injuries because what I knew happened with her falling, I knew there was no way I could cause it," he said.

For two years, friends, family and experts have insisted that Houser threw little Kilah against a wall so hard, that her head broke through the drywall, leaving a massive hole and changing Kilah's life forever. 

Houser told WBTV a different story. He says Kilah urinated in her pants and he spanked her and sent her to the bathroom to clean up.  Houser insists he was standing in the kitchen, when he heard a loud thud from the bathroom. He says Kilah fell on the floor.

"How do you account for her head injury, Josh?," Spunt asked Houser.

"I don't know. When I read my discovery, there was four doctors who seen Kilah that day she got to the hospital, and all four of them had different opinions about the time Kilah got hurt, and how she got hurt," he said.

What about the large hole in the wall? During the trial, prosecutors argued it's where Kilah's head hit, but Houser says he punched the wall out of anger, not at Kilah, but with the 911 dispatcher.

"She (911 dispatcher) couldn't understand me. I got frustrated because I'm sitting there trying to do something. Trying to save my daughter's life because she's not responding to and me that's when I hit the wall," he said.

In the two years since her injury, Kilah became the face of child abuse. WBTV was there when Governor Pat McCrory signed a law in her name.

"This is no doubt probably the most emotional bill that I'll sign as Governor of North Carolina," McCrory said at the signing ceremony in 2013.

Just a few weeks ago, President Barack Obama signed a national law named The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act. The law requires every state in the country to study its child abuse laws.

Kilah Davenport died on March 13, but Houser says he didn't find out until Spunt mentioned it in a letter to him.

"Knowing what Kilah was going through was killing me. I don't wish that upon no one, especially my own child. So helpless. I was in jail and I couldn't tell nobody what really happened. Everybody was saying I did it. I was losing my family. I lost my wife. It was horrible," he said.

Spunt asked Houser if he threw Kilah against a wall.

"No. I would never do anything like that to any of my children," Houser said.

Spunt then asked what Houser would say to the Davenport family.

"I'd tell them I'm sorry. sorry for what happened to Kilah, but I didn't do it. I'm not mad. I'm not upset with nobody, especially Kirbi. I'm not mad about what she by did testifying against me. I just wish that she would make better decisions and I wish there was a way I could back and change things. Make things right," he said.

WBTV told Kirbi Davenport, Kilah's mother, about the interview with Houser.

"I'm sorry doesn't change the fact of what he did. It doesn't change the evidence. It doesn't change the fact that we lost Kilah. I'm sorry doesn't fix those things," she said.

"I'm not a monster like everybody thinks I am. I love my kids. anybody that knows me would tell you. I'm one of the most caring nicest person you could meet. I'll help anybody as long as they're willing to help themselves," Houser said.

Joshua Houser is set to be released in November 2020, but he could face more prison time. The medical examiner is still finalizing Kilah's autopsy results, and if prosecutors can prove Kilah died as a direct result of her injuries from Houser, he could face murder charges. WBTV will keep you posted.

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