With the determination of a loving family, a community of supporters and friends, and the support of North Carolina Legislators, Kilah’s Law was signed into law by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on April 23rd, 2014. The law now doubles the penalty to a minimum of 125 months in jail for the person caring for a child under 16 years old who inflicts serious bodily injury either intentionally or as the unintentional result of an assault. In addition to tougher sentencing penalties, the law will also stipulate that there be a permanent record in the defendants criminal history that specifies that the offense involved child abuse.
Thanks go to Jeff Gerber for initiating the verbiage and to primary sponsors of the bill in the NC House of Representatives: Representative D. Craig Horn (Rep), Representative Sarah Stevens (Rep), Representative Dean Arp (Rep), Representative Rick Glazier (Dem), and the following additional sponsors:
North Carolina U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger took on the task of making Kilah’s Law a national law and with bi-partisan support, on May 20th 2014, President Barack Obama signed Kilah’s Law.