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N.C. to improve child protection law following a death of child abuse victim

Congressional leaders were called by a North Carolina representative to take action in implementing a child protection bill after a 4-year-old girl, who had been subjected to abuse, died on March 13.

In a statement, N.C. Representative Robert Pittenger said he is urging Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to immediately implement the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act. Kilah Davenport suffered serious injuries in 2012 at the hands of her stepfather, who was recently sentenced to 7-10 years of imprisonment. The bill, named after the young victim, will implement severe punishments for people who are convicted of child abuse.

Leslie Davenport said autopsy results will reveal the cause of Kilah’s death on March 14.