UNION COUNTY—The man accused of severely injuring his stepdaughter last year was in Union County court Tuesday.
Joshua Houser is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury on 3-year-old Kilah Davenport. The girl's case has jumpstarted her family to push for the proposed Kilah's Law, which would stiffen child abuse penalties in North Carolina.
Kilah Davenport suffered a broken clavicle, fractured skull and severe brain damage. Houser's attorney pushed for a reduced bond, but a Union County judge said there was no new evidence presented to warrant a lower amount.
Both families spoke out after the hearing.
“This says that the fight isn't over and this also says that the correct person who did this is in jail, and justice hasn't been served, but it will be served for Kilah,” said Kirbi Davenport, Kilah's mother
“I know the boy. I know his heart, and I know he would never put a harm, a child in harm, in any way. Ever,” said Houser family member Lisa Burris.
Davenport's family hopes to pass the proposed Kilah's law, which would increase the punishment for child abusers to 25 years in prison. Right now, the maximum sentence Houser could face is about eight years.