(Charlotte Observer) With 4-year-old Kilah Davenport sitting silently alongside, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Wednesday signed into law a bill designed to protect children like her from abuse.
“This is no doubt probably the most emotional bill I’ll sign as governor,” McCrory said.
As he entered the old House chamber in the Capitol, McCrory bent down on one knee and kissed Kilah’s forehead. The Union County girl sat immobile in a chair, surrounded by family, supporters and lawmakers who made “Kilah’s Law” a reality.
Authorities say the girl was badly beaten by her stepfather last May. Her stepfather, Joshua Houser, remains in jail on $1 million bond awaiting trial. Kilah was hospitalized with severe brain damage and a fractured skull.
Wednesday’s measure would toughen punishments for serious child-abuse cases.
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