Kilah’s Law Proposal Starts in Charlotte to Help Child Abuse Victims
North Carolina child abuse laws could be changing very soon. North Carolina has proposed Kilah’s Law in hopes to make child abuse sentencing and consequences more severe for abusers. Named after a little girl who suffered severe brain injuries after being abused by her stepfather, Kilah’s Law is being backed by several politicians and activists.
Kilah’s Law was proposed after Kilah’s family discovered the most her stepfather will be sentenced to less than two years in prison. The sentence is lenient compared to the life-changing brain damage that Kilah, her mother and care providers now face because of his actions. The proposed law would change sentencing to 25 years to life for felony child abuse charges.
Kilah herself has been released from the hospital and is now in the care of her mother. Her injuries required two months of hospitalization and medical care. Kilah’s injuries included a skull fracture, brain trauma and damage, and a broken collarbone.
If North Carolina lawmakers approve Kilah’s Law, other states could follow. New Jersey’s Megan’s Law has been modified and adopted by other states. Megan’s Law requires sex offender registration; it’s a law named after a child in New Jersey who was sexually abused and murdered. The Adam Walsh Act categorizes sex offenders in three levels. It went into effect twenty-five years after Adam Walsh was abducted in Florida; now a dozen states have complied with the act.
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