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Family, friends meet to celebrate Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act

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WEDDINGTON, NC (WBTV) -

Almost five months after her death, Kilah Davenport's family and friends gathered to celebrate a national law bearing the little girl's name.

The Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act, signed into law by President Obama on May 20, requires attorneys general in each state to investigate their child abuse laws. They must report back to the U.S. Justice Department by November.

On Thursday, about 100 family and friends met to celebrate the law, and its goal. Congressman Robert Pittenger filed the bill last year.

"We had to do anything possible to protect children. Gratefully it has happened, Pittenger said.

The goal, Pittenger says, is to highlight problems with child abuse laws and provide states with the opportunity to fix those laws.

"She's still changing the world and she's not even here," Kilah's mother, Kirbi Davenport told WBTV.

Davenport's ex-husband, Joshua Houser is behind bars for throwing Kilah into a wall in May 2012, and causing her injuries. Kilah died in March 2013, after an almost two year battle. A jury found him guilty in February.

"Look what has been accomplished because of this child," said Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey.

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