MARK TRIAL -- Guilty, life in prison

The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about five hours Friday night before delivering a guilty verdict in the trial of Dr. Deborah Mark, who was sentenced to life in prison for the abuse and murder of her 4-year-old adopted daughter Kairissa.

Mark, a Mt. Juliet resident, was found guilty on all nine charges brought against her, including four counts each of aggravated child abuse and child abuse.

Mark and her husband, Steven, adopted Kairissa from China in April 2010. The child was taken to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital from the familys home on Laural Hill Drive in the Providence area of Mt. Juliet with serious injuries on June 30, 2010. She died of those injuries the next day.

Prosecutors said Mark threw Kairissa onto a mattress and her head hit against a wall and Dr. Tom Deering, state medical examiner, had testified on Thursday that Kairissa suffered from bleeding and swelling of the brain.

The trial began Tuesday morning and concluded around 8:30 p.m. on Friday with the guilty verdict.

Steven Mark has also been charged with one count each of aggravated child abuse and neglect, criminal responsibility for aggravated child abuse, accessory after the fact and failure to protect in addition to four counts of child abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out of jail on bond.

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