Effort To Strengthen Child Abuse Laws

1:05 AM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
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WFMY News 2 -- In May, three-year-old Kilah Davenport suffered a horrific attack that damaged 90 percent of her brain.

Police say her step-father attacked her, broke her collar bone and fractured her little skull, damaging 90 percent of her brain.

The maximum punishment for abuse like this is only 7 and a half years in prison, and many think that's too lenient.

A group of supporters is hoping to strengthen the punishment, and they are traveling across North Carolina to gain support for a bill called "Kilah's Law."  

The legislation would increase the punishment for anyone who causes permanent injury to a child.

"We just don't feel like the sentence fits the crime, and that's what Kilah's Law is, to increase the punishment from a Class C felony to a Class B felony.  That change would mean when someone commits a crime that causes debilitating injuries like this, they can get from 25 years up to life in prison, " said Mitzi Cartrette, a Kilah's Law supporter.

The bill will be presented when the legislature reconvenes at the end of January.

The Justice For All Coalition is starting its call for support Friday at 10:30 a.m. 

The group will be presenting the proposed law to the public at the New Hope Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. 

The church is on Shattalon Drive.


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