Kairissa XingJing Mark

4-year-old girl from China, adopted by Steve and Deborah Mark, died July 1, 2010, after less than 3 months in country.

Deborah Mark was charged with first-degree murder, perpetration of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child abuse and four counts of child abuse. Steven Mark was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, criminal responsibility for aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault by failure to protect, four counts of child abuse and accessory after the fact. Kairissa was a special needs placement.
Date: 2010-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Mount Juliet, Tennessee
United States
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Father pleads guilty to abuse2012-09-18
Husband Pleads Guilty In 4-Year-Old Daughter’s Death2012-09-12
Deborah Mark sentenced to an additional 80 years in jail2012-05-22
Adoptive mother gets life in prison2011-12-03
Family friends tell of concern before adopted Wilson girl died2011-12-01
Witness: Bruises seen previously on child 2011-12-01
Vanderbilt doc says Mt. Juliet girl was tortured2011-12-01
China To Change Adoption Policies After Tenn. Case2010-08-03
Deborah Mark faces license revocation, arraignment2010-07-21
Mom Loses Medical License After Child's Death2010-07-20
Another adoption tragedy taints Tennessee2010-07-18
MJ parents indicted in death of 4-yr.-old adopted daughter 2010-07-14
Lawyers For Doctor Accused of Killing Daughter Speak Out2010-07-13
Pediatrician Charged In Connection With Child's Death2010-07-12
Mt. Juliet doctor charged with abusing, killing 4-year-old daughter2010-07-12
Wilson County parents charged in beating death of 4-year-old2010-07-12
Arrests made in death of 4-year old MJ child2010-07-12
Parents arrested in child’s death 2010-07-12
Mt. Juliet Pediatrician Charged In Death Of Her Adopted Child2010-07-12
Pediatrician, Husband Indicted In Child's Death2010-07-12
Mount Juliet Child Dies; Police Investigate2010-07-07
Girl, 4, in child abuse case dies from injuries2010-07-05
Mt. Juliet girl, 4, in critical condition, police suspect abuse2010-07-01
Donelson Fellowship church Newsletter2010-05-01


Does anyone know what "unnamed Nashville adoption agency" was involved in the adoption of Kairissa XingJing Mark.

Dr. Deborah Mark found guilty of first degree murder

Dr. Deborah Mark was found guilty December 2, 2011, of first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter, Kairissa.

The jury began deliberations around 3:30 p.m. Friday and delivered the verdict around 8:30 p.m.

Mark was found guilty on all nine counts she faced, including eight counts of child abuse in addition to the murder charge.

She was taken into custody immediately to begin serving a life sentence which is automatic with a first degree murder conviction.

After the verdict, the district attorney said he felt they achieved justice for Kairissa, while defense attorneys maintained the jury would have found differently if not for what they believed to be a forced confession by Dr. Mark.

Deborah Mark's attorneys say they are planning to appeal.

Mark's husband, Steven Mark, was also charged in the case. He is facing felony charges including child abuse. His trial was expected to start after the first of the year.

The couple has an 8-year-old biological daughter, Kiersten who initially was taken into foster care and said to have witnessed some of the abuse, now in an uncle’s custody.



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