In May of 2012, four year old Kilah Davenport suffered serious traumatic injuries, allegedly at the hands of her stepfather. She was beaten so severely that upon her arrival to the hospital she was not expected to live more thanforty-eight hours. Since then Kilah has been slowly and steadily recovering. Her incredible perseverance has not only inspired people all over the United States but community after community has banded together to prevent this from happening to any other child.
The Kilah Davenport Foundation has joined forces with the Justice for All Coalition. Together we, with Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), are introducing H.R. 1311 -“Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013” into Federal Legislation.
If enacted, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act will ensure states punish child abusers who inflict serious injury to a child with a minimum sentence of more than 10 years. Currently, in North Carolina a first-time offender only receives a sentence of 4 to 6 years, even though a child may be disabled for life. In New York, an offender who throws a child’s head against a hard object, causing brain damage, receives a potential maximum sentence of only 7 years!
This new Federal legislation will ensure that those who commit heinous acts against children are punished appropriately.
States that do not meet minimum sentencing requirements would lose the right to receive federal taxpayer money for child abuse prevention programs. Until states ensure serious action is being taken to punish child abusers, federal taxpayer money would not be used to pay for prevention programs-states must show accountability for these abusers.
The Kilah Davenport foundation is seeking your support of this legislation.