The outpouring of community support continues for a toddler whom authorities say suffered brain damage after she was beaten by her stepfather.
On Saturday, the Monroe Moose Riders are hosting a poker run to raise money toward medical expenses for three-year-old Kilah Davenport. The ride begins at 10 a.m. at the Monroe VFW.
Authorities arrested Joshua Houser in May after they said he severely abused Kilah. Doctors told Kirbi Davenport that her doctor would remain in a vegetative state after the abuse. But the girl has since made progress and is now able to hold her head up, take food by mouth and walk with assistance.
She may never fully recover, but Kirbi says her improvement is encouraging.
I get to see Kilah do it all again, Davenport said. But this time is has a different meaning. Its not just thats my baby, and look shes walking. No, thats my fighter and look what shes doing, after you said she never would.
Kirbi Davenport is expecting a second child and her son is due any day now. She said she hopes the baby will be a healing presence for Kilah.
The registration for Saturdays poker run starts at 10:00 am at the Monroe VFW, which is located at 712 VFW Road in Monroe. The ride will end at the Monroe Moose Lodge. The cost $15 for one rider; $20 for two riders.
Learn more about the event at http://on.fb.me/RmhcJJ.
Observer staff writer April Bethea contributed.