Tougher penalties for child abuse in North Carolina

POSTED: 11:39 PM Apr 24 2013   UPDATED: 4:47 PM Apr 24 2013
Raleigh, N.C. -

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed bills into law designed to increase child abuse penalties and monitor some people convicted of human trafficking.

McCrory held a public bill-signing ceremony Wednesday for a measure named for a preschooler severely beaten a year ago. The Governor's Office said Kilah Davenport and family members attended the signing of "Kilah's Law" in the old Capitol building.

The law taking effect Dec. 1 increases the maximum penalty for the most serious abuse charge from roughly 15 years to 33 years. A judge also would make clear on the offender's record a child was the victim.

McCrory also announced he signed another bill adding human trafficking to crimes that require the convicted to register as a sex offender with the local sheriff in certain situations.