U.S. The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013, named after a North Carolina girl who suffered severe brain damage in a beating.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law earlier this year, called Kilah’s Law, that increased penalties for five child abuse felonies.
The bill in Congress was introduced by Rep. Robert Pittenger, a Republican from Charlotte, who said he didn’t want states to wait for another tragedy before they updated their child abuse laws and sentencing guidelines. The legislation calls on the U.S. Attorney General to issue a report in six months detailing the penalties for child abuse in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Sen. Richard Burr on Monday introduced similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.
“What happened to Kilah Davenport is tragic and should never happen to any child. My heart goes out to the Davenport family, and I hope that this legislation will play at least a small role ensuring the care and protection of our children,” Burr said in a statement.