After Kilah was severely abused, the family was informed about the current sentencing guidelines for a class C felony child abuse case. If convicted, the accused would only face a maximum of 44 to 92 months in prison. Feeling this was unacceptable, the family began the journey to change the law. Unfortunately, the creation of this law will not effect Kilah’s abuser but will certainly help victims in the future.
If Kilah’s Law is passed, it will increase the severity of the felony charge that can be imposed when a parent or guardian inflicts serious injuries on a child. It roughly doubles the penalty to a minimum of 125 months in jail for the person caring for a child under 16 years old who inflicts serious bodily injury either intentionally or as the unintentional result of an assault.
In addition to tougher sentencing penalties, the law will also stipulate that there be a permanent record in the defendants criminal history that specifies that the offense involved child abuse.
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We want to thank our N.C. Representatives for their support. Without their help we couldn’t have gotten this far.
Primary sponsors of the bill:
|Representative William D. Brisson (Dem)||Representative Mark Brody (Rep)|
|Representative Brian Brown (Rep)||Representative Dana Bumgardner (Rep)|
|Representative Tricia Ann Cotham (Dem)||Representative Jimmy Dixon (Rep)|
|Representative Susan C. Fisher (Dem)||Representative Carl Ford (Rep)|
|Representative Pricey Harrison (Dem)||Representative Mark W. Hollo (Rep)|
|Representative Frank Iler (Rep)||Representative Darren G. Jackson (Dem)|
|Representative Charles Jeter (Rep)||Representative Jonathan C. Jordan (Rep)|
|Representative Marvin W. Lucas (Dem)||Representative Chris Malone (Rep)|
|Representative Tim D. Moffitt (Rep)||Representative Rodney W. Moore (Dem)|
|Representative Dennis Riddell (Rep)||Representative Jason Saine (Rep)|
|Representative John Szoka (Rep)||Representative John A. Torbett (Rep)|
|Representative Harry Warren (Rep)||Representative Chris Whitmire (Rep)|
|Representative Michael H. Wray (Dem)|
Please contact us if you would like more information about the Kilah Davenport Foundation, how you can get involved by volunteering, or further information on how to contact the representative in your area.