Former pediatrician gets life for daughter's murder
Deborah Mark was found guilty of first degree murder Friday night.
Kairissa died of acute blunt force trauma in July 2010.
Steven Mark is free on bond awaiting trial.
LEBANON, Tenn. -
Former Wilson County pediatrician Deborah Mark was found guilty Friday night of first degree murder in the death of her adopted daughter in Mt. Juliet nearly two years ago.
Mark received life in prison for what prosecutors called severe and prolonged beating of four-year-old Kairissa Mark.
Jurors deliberated for nearly five hours and also found Mark guilty of four counts each of aggravated child abuse and child abuse.
She slouched over the table in tears as the guilty verdicts were announced around 8:30 p.m.
In closing arguments Friday afternoon, the prosecution said the adopted Chinese girl just needed to be loved but instead was beaten and battered for 83 days from the day she was adopted until the day she died.
Kairissa passed away July 1, 2010 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville of acute blunt force trauma.
The night before, attorneys said her mother threw her onto a bed so hard her head smacked into the wall, knocking her unconscious.
Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Deering testified she had extensive bleeding in her brain and down to her spine, in addition to multiple rib fractures and bruising.
Mark's husband Steven faces multiple counts of child abuse in the case.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains out of jail on bond.
Early on in this week's trial, Deborah Mark's attorney placed blame for Kairissa's injuries and ultimate death on Steven Mark.