Child abuse survivor an inspiration for 'Kilah's Law'
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MATTHEWS, N.C.--A community is banning together as a young child continues to recover from alleged child abuse that the family said almost took her life.
A benefit was held in Matthews Saturday for the Davenport family. They were all in good spirits as 3-year-old Kilah met the community her grandmother said has helped get them through a terrible ordeal.
“Just to bring meals or just to lend an hear, hold our hands when we cry. All of that is just amazing to know that a community can come together and help our family,” said Leslie Davenport.
Leslie said her granddaughter is making great strides in her recovery. In May, the family said she was brutally beaten by her step-father. That moment changed their lives forever.
"You have moments where, you see the old Kilah and then there are moments where it's like ok, we have a new born baby again," said Kilah's mother, Kirbi Davenport.
Kilah was brought home from the hospital just a couple of weeks ago. A day the family had been praying for. But a lot has to be done to meet Kilah's needs.
"We now have to modify the downstairs of our home for a wheelchair, a ramp, having the bathroom remodeled, our driveway, our vehicle,” said Davenport.
Crown Point Covenant Church is rallying around the Davenport's, hosting a fundraiser to help off set some of the financial burden. While the family is extremely grateful, they are focusing their efforts on something else, called Kilah's Law, which would increase jail time for those who abuse children.
"The public support is astronomical. I receive no less than 50 emails every day in support of Kilah's Law, 'keep fighting, keep fighting, don't give up no matter what'," said Jeff Gerber.
Kilah's step father, Joshua Houser, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse, inflicting serious injury. The most jail time Houser could face is 92 months.
"Look at Kilah. A beautiful, vibrant young child. She's going to have a tough road to go, I don't care what your intent was. That's the result and one should be held responsible for that result," said Rep. Craig Horn.
For now, the Davenport's are taking it a day at a time and watching what they call, a miracle.
Kilah's Law is expected to be drafted and introduced after the first of the year.