Kilah was born on April 3, 2009. She was a beautiful baby, with a smile that would capture your heart as soon as you would come into contact with her. Kilah quickly transformed from an infant to a toddler within, what seemed like, a blink of an eye. By the age of three, Kilah was very independent and self-sufficient. Kilah enjoyed the outdoors, listening to music and dancing.
On May 16, 2012 Kilah was brutally abused while in her step-father’s care. Kilah suffered 90 percent brain damage, a fractured skull, a broken collarbone and other injuries as a result of the attack. The doctors initially did not give Kilah a very good chance of surviving her injuries. Once she survived the critical 72 hours, the doctors stated that she would not have a sustainable life and would remain in a vegetative state.
Kilah is a fighter! Every day since the May 16th event that changed her life, she’s been fighting her way back from her injuries. Through therapy, Kilah is learning how to walk, talk and eat again at facilities like that of the Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte North Carolina.
The Kilah Davenport Foundation was started in November 2012 to help visitors learn more about child abuse, and share information about the journey of Kilah Davenport. Kilah Davenport Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.
The mission of the Kilah Davenport Foundation is to encourage and promote activities and programs meant to strengthen and unify the prevention of child abuse and assistance in providing educational resources for victim families that have suffered abuse. To provide goods, services and/or funds to individuals, groups or non-profit organizations for the prevention of child abuse.
Federal legislation provides guidance to States by identifying a minimum set of acts or behaviors that define child abuse and neglect. The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) (42 U.S.C.A. § 5106g), ( http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.pdf ) as amended by the CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010, defines child abuse and neglect as, at minimum:
Federal legislation sets minimum standards for States that accept CAPTA funding, each State provides its own definitions of maltreatment within civil and criminal statutes.
According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), in 2009, there were over 3.2 million reports of child abuse in the United States. Of those, over 762,000 were considered substantiated victims.