State Rep. Craig Horn filed a bill Wednesday morning that would create harsher consequences for people convicted of child abuse.
House Bill 75, called Kilah’s Law, would increase jail time, including the possibility of life sentences.
It comes nearly nine months after a Union County toddler was allegedly beaten by her stepfather.
Channel 9 spoke with Kilah’s mother who has been pushing for tougher penalties.
“Maybe if they realize that we’re not going to keep quiet and this isn’t just going to be a silent issue, then maybe it will stop the next person. Maybe the next person will stop and think before they injure their child,” said Kirbi Davenport.
Kilah’s family said she has brain damage that will affect her for the rest of her life.