If the board ratifies the order, Dr. Mark will be unable to perform duties as a medical doctor in Tennessee.
An arraignment hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 23, for Dr. Mark and her husband, Steven Mark. Both face multiple child abuse charges, and Dr. Mark has been charged with Felony first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter, Kairissa Mark, age 4.
Authorities said the child was the victim of “extensive and extended” child abuse. She died July 2 after police responded to the Mark residence at 441 Laurel Hill Drive in the Autumn Ridge subdivision in Providence. The parents, who also have an 8-year-old biological daughter, were indicted on multiple charges by the Wilson County grand jury July 12 after a 10-day investigation.
Charges for Dr. Mark include one count of Felony First Degree Murder, one count Perpetration of Aggravated Child Abuse, one count Aggravated Child Abuse, and four counts Child Abuse. Charges for Steven Mark include one count Aggravated Child Abuse and Neglect, one count Criminal Responsibility for Aggravated Child Abuse, one count Aggravated Assault by Failure to Protect, four counts Child Abuse and one count Accessory After the Fact.
Editor’s Note: Tomi L. Wiley is the editor of The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet. She may be contacted at Editor@thechronicleofmtjuliet.com.