Plans set for public celebration for Kilah
03/15/2014 5:23 PM
03/15/2014 7:05 PM
A public celebration of the life of Kilah Davenport, the 4-year-old child abuse victim who died Thursday, has been set for Saturday, her family said.
Kilah died two weeks after her stepfather, Joshua Houser, was convicted in Union County Superior Court of felony child abuse. He was sentenced to eight to 10 years in prison for the May 2012 beating of the child. She never recovered from the severe brain injuries she suffered.
Local authorities are now looking into Kilah’s death but no decision has been made regarding additional charges against Houser.
“It was God’s plan to let her live long enough to see (Houser) convicted,” said Leslie Davenport, Kilah’s grandmother.
In the aftermath of Houser’s arrest, the Davenports and others successfully pushed for “Kilah’s Law” to increase sentences in severe child abuse cases in North Carolina.
Davenport said the celebration for Kilah will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at The Oaks Events, 628 N.C. 24/27, Midland. Adam Bell
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