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Auburn couple face another charge in child endangerment case

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn couple in custody at the Placer County Jail on charges that they did not feed and properly care for their baby girl made a brief appearance in an Auburn courtroom Thursday. Abraham David Mark, 49, and his wife, Monica Sue Mark, 38, were arrested Jan. 26 by Auburn Police officers and charged with one count each of felony cruelty to a child. Scott Owens, deputy district attorney for Placer County, said Tuesday that a special allegation of great bodily injury to a child under the age of 5 has been added to the initial charges. The couple's then 8-week-old baby girl was found by Placer County Child Protective Services to be dehydrated and severely malnourished, officials said. The baby, who lost about one third of her birth weight and was emaciated, is out of the hospital now and is in the custody of the county. He said the baby lost about two pounds since her birth. The Marks had each been held on $150,000 bail since their arrest. Abraham Marks bail was reduced to $25,000 at Thursday's appearance, Owens said. Monica Mark's bail remains at $150,000. The couple is scheduled to return to Placer County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. April 3. If found guilty of all charges they face a maximum of 12 years in prison.