New North Carolina Child Abuse Laws Go Into Effect

From by Leslie Mayes, December 1, 2013

Dozens of new laws passed during the last session of North Carolina’s General Assembly went into effect Sunday, with several of them designed to help protect the state’s children.

More than 134,000 North Carolina children were referred to department of social service agencies between the summer of 2011 and 2012 according to prevent child abuse North Carolina.

Lawmakers and advocates are hoping at least three of the laws going into effect Sunday will help reduce that number.

Kilah’s Law, named for Kilah Davenport, the Charlotte-area girl nearly beaten to death, allegedly by her stepfather, is among the laws beginning today. The law increases the penalties for those convicted of felony child abuse, more than doubling the jail time for those convicted on the most serious charges from 15 to about 33 years behind bars.

“We just wished it would have already been in place when this happened to Kilah so this person doesn’t get a chance to hurt anyone else, but we will save lives because of it,” said Leslie Davenport, Kilah’s grandmother.

Caylee’s Law and Lily’s Law also went into effect.

Caylee’s law is named for Caylee Anthony, the Florida girl who went missing in 2008 and wasn’t reported missing by her mother, Casey Anthony, for nearly a month. Caylee was found dead and her mother was tried for her murder. The law makes the failure to report the disappearance of a child a felony.

Lily’s law is named is named for Lillian Broom of Alamance County. The child died in 2008 after being delivered prematurely when her father shot her mother. Lily’s law says a person can face murder charges for injuring a baby in the womb if the child dies from those injuries after birth.


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