Kilah Anne Davenport
April 3, 2009 - March 13, 2014
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Kilah Davenport is a beautiful little girl as you can see by her picture above, an Angel faced, precious little gift from God. What could cause someone to want to hurt Kilah? I often ask myself what could cause someone to want to hurt ANY child? I will never get an answer good enough, no explanation will ever satisfy my need to know.

Joshua Houser was Kilah's stepfather and at the age of 22, he decided to hurt her by shoving her head through a wall. In May of 2012, Kilah ended up with a broken collarbone, a fractured skull and brain damage after he was said to have shoved her head into the wall for wetting her pants. Part of Kilah's skull had to be removed in order to reduce the pressure from swelling in her brain.

Doctors told Kirbi Davenport that her daughter was not going to live and then they changed that to she would live, but be in a vegetative state. Kirbi strapped her daughter into her car seat and with an escort of Police and fire trucks, she took her daughter home from the hospital after a two month stay:

"It's like taking her home again for the first time, like a newborn. I mourn the loss of Kilah before,
the old Kilah, because now you only get a smile now and then. It's like I lost a baby but gained a
new baby. But she's in there, my Kilah. She looks at you and you know she's happy. She just can't
get her smile to work"

Kilah's family wanted to make a change, to help get tougher punishments for child abusers so they petitioned to get "Kilah's Law" passed. Kilah's law would ask for longer sentences and stiffer penalties for felony child abusers and put in place a registry like the sex offenders registry. Representative Craig Horn, Mayor Michael Alvarez and Activist Jeff Gerber were all backing the law. Michael Alvarez admitted that the current laws only give criminals a slap on the wrist:

"This child's going to have a life time of recovery. And with good behavior, these guys can be
out of jail in 24 months. It's unacceptable"

Kilah's grandmother was hoping the law would pass:

"She's a victim, a survivor, a child who because of what happened to her is going to help
save others lives"
Leslie Davenport


Doctors didn't give Kilah much of a chance for recovery, but her family says she's doing her best to prove them wrong. Kilah was taking small bits of food, could identify colors, breath on her own and had taken five steps with help from a therapist:

"These steps mean a lot more than her baby steps"
Kirbi Davenport


Still sporting the face of an Angel.

Members of a nonprofit motorcycle group made up of active and retired law enforcement officers had been happy to lead the procession to get Kilah to her grandmother's home that day:

"Anytime we can do anything good for people, we do. To me, I had to hold back the tears. Nobody
deserves that, especially not an innocent little girl"
Michael Hasting - Renegade Pigs

In February of 2014, Joshua Houser was found guilty of felony child abuse and sentenced him to seven to ten years in prison. Joshua's family members left the courtroom after the verdict was read, they had always said that they didn't believe that he had hurt Kilah even though the evidence showed differently:

"The evidence presented in this case showed that on May 16, 2012, Houser was left alone with
his then three year old stepdaughter Kilah and physically assaulted her in a fit of rage, shoving her
head through the wall of his home at 9600 Covey Trail in Indian Trail"
District Attorney's Report"

Kilah and her family were in the courtroom and Leslie read an impact statement saying that she and her family had trusted Joshua and he had failed them, adding that Kilah was now in a prison of her own and that justice would have been served better if he had been sentenced under Kilah's Law, which had been successfully passed.

Joshua's father was upset, saying that he didn't have money to hire experts and felt like it wasn't a fair trial:

"I didn't have the money to hire all the experts. The state had all their experts. We didn't have,
my son didn't have, but one here to testify"
Terry Houser

Kirbi said she was just glad that it was all over and that she and her family could now put this behind them and focus their time and energy on Kilah and though she felt like a guilty verdict was justice for Kilah, the sentenced wasn't long enough:

"Kilah is changed forever and you only have to have your life altered for a little bit.
There's no justice in that. I forgive him, whether he's man enough to say he's sorry or
not, because I have to do that for my child. This isn't about him. This is about my child
and about my child getting justice"

Sadly, Kilah lost her battle for life on March 13, 2014. Kirbi had just finished giving her a breathing treatment and she started having a hard time breathing, Kirbi called 911 and started CPR. Kilah was taken to the hospital, but she never regained consciousness. Kilah's grandmother said that she knows her granddaughter is in a better place and that she is no longer in any pain.

"She fought a hard, long battle and she stayed with us and we got to love on her.
And that, I have to rejoice in that"
Leslie Davenport

In an interview with David Spunt after his conviction, Joshua said:

"It was unreal. I didn't comprehend her injuries because what I knew happened with her
falling, I knew there was no way I could cause that"

Joshua said that Kilah had peed her pants and he spanked her and sent her to the bathroom to clean herself up. The next thing he knew, he heard a loud thump and she had failed to the floor. When asked about her head injury he said:

"I don't know. When I read my discovery, there was four doctors who seen Kilah that day she got
to the hospital and all four of them ahd different opinions about the time Kilah got hurt and how
she got hurt"

When asked about the hole in the wall, Joshua said he had punched the wall out of frustration:

"She, the 911 dispatcher, couldn't understand me. I got frustrated because I'm sittin there trying
 to do something. Trying to save my daughter's life because she's not responding to me that's when
I hit the wall"

Joshua said he would never throw a child against the wall. After he received a letter from David Spunt telling him that Kilah had died, he said:

"Knowing what Kilah was going through was killing me. I don't wish that upon no one, especially
my own child. So helpless. I was in jail and I couldn't tell nobody what really happened. Everybody
was saying I did it. I was losing my family. I lost my wife. It was horrible"

When asked what he would say to her family, Joshua said:

"I'd tell them I'm sorry, sorry for what happened to Kilah, but I didn't do it. I'm not mad. I'm not upset
with nobody, especially Kirbi. I'm not mad about what she did by testifying against me. I just with she
would make better decision and I wish there was a way I could go back and change things. Make
things right. I'm not a monster like everybody things I am. I love my my kids, anybody that knows me
would tell you. I'm one of the most caring and nicest persons you could meet. I'll help anybody as long
as they're willing to help themselves"

In May, Kilah's Law passed after a brief Congressional hold up. The U.S. Senate passed the bill with a unanimous vote, honoring Kilah and giving longer sentences for the worst child abuse cases:

"The tragedy of their sweet child will not be in vain and it will assist in protecting other children"
Republican Representative - Robert Pittinger

Republican U.S. Senator Richard Burr had introduced the bill:

"I am pleased that the Senate passed the Kilah Davenport bill tonight and I thank Representative
Pittenger for his advocacy on behalf of the family of the abused. I only regret Kilah did not survive to
see her issue championed. God bless her and her family"

Joshua was facing more charges if the death of Kilah could be linked to the abuse. Leslie said that they would support more charges and a Defense Attorney agreed:

"If her injuries were the cause of her death, I do want him retried"
Leslie Davenport

"If they can show that her death was a result of those original injuries, I think it does give
them an argument to charge for murder"
Rob Corbett

Kilah's death was being investigate and Rob Corbett said he had not yet decided if he would add more charges for her death. Kilah had died just a few weeks before she would have turned five years old. Lawmakers were distraught over her death, but encouraged that she would live on forever in Kilah's Law:

"She's part of history. She's part of our lives in North Carolina. Thank God. How terrible to have
to pay that price for that child. That's when we began to talk about a law named after Kilah. We
need to be clearly identifying people that do this and ensure that we handle them appropriately.
That is not how your parent and you're going to be held accountable for your actions"

The law required that anyone convicted of felony child abuse face 25 years to life in prison.


CONCORD - Kilah Anne Davenport 

On April 3, 2009, God gave us the opportunity to love you. You were the most beautiful baby and little girl. For four years we watched you grow into your own personality and your own little lady. Your smile was contagious; everyone fell in love with you immediately. Blonde curls bounced around from your head as you ran thru the yard or throughout the house. The laugh you had is one no one could ever forget. Your goofy sayings and complete love for everything and everyone was amazing. Our world revolves around you. God took you home to be with him March 13, 2014, to heal your body from all the pain and trauma. This world, our world, will never be the same without you here with us. Mommy, Nana, Pop-Pop, Daddy, Bladen and Raylen love you BIG Bugg! God gave me you for the ups and downs, and always remain the sunshine on our shoulders even on cloudy days! When we cry for you don't worry my sweet Bugg its only because we miss you and love you BIG! 

Kilah Anne is survived by her mommy, Kirbi Davenport; her daddy, Steven Eremity; her little big brother, Bladen; baby sister, Raylen; and her grandparents, Leslie and Brian Davenport and Jessie and Rene' Eremity. She is also survived by extended family and an enormous amount of loving and supporting friends. WE LOVE YOU BIG BUGG! 

Kilah's Free Flight will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at The Oaks Events, 628 Hwy 24/27 in Midland, NC 28107. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorials to the Kilah Davenport Foundation, P.O Box 691147, Charlotte, NC 28227 or www.kilahdavenportfoundation.com.

Online condolences can be made to the Davenport family at www. carolinacremation.com. Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Davenport family.

Concord Kannapolis Independent Tribune 16 Mar 2014

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Started in November 2012, the Kilah Davenport Foundation is a 501(c) (3), non-profit organization, with a mission to educate and advocate against child abuse. Through education and programming and financial assistance, the Foundation also wants to be a resource to those families who have been affected by child abuse.

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Death occurred in the state of North Carolina

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