Crime & Courts

Kilah Davenport family to receive signed copy of legislation in her honor

The family of Kilah Davenport will receive a signed copy on Thursday of federal child abuse legislation named in her honor. The 4-year-old Union County girl died in March following complications from a May 2012 assault by her stepfather.

In May, President Barack Obama signed the federal Kilah Davenport Act into law. It directs the attorney general to issue a report detailing each state’s penalties for child abuse. U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-Mecklenburg, sponsored the legislation and will present the family with a copy signed by Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy. Adam Bell