KNOX COUNTY — A Corbin couple awaiting trial on abuse charges involving their young child will now be permitted visitation with their children for the first time in nearly a year following a special hearing Friday.
Mark A. Golden, 47, and Donna Golden, 52, appeared together Friday in Knox Circuit Court for the hearing, which was held privately in the judge’s chambers. No specifics regarding what was discussed are available, however, Mark Golden’s attorney, David Hoskins, did confirm Monday that a judge had ruled to allow the couple to visit with their children as the case moves forward. The capacity in which the couple will be allowed visitation is not clear though.
“We got two-thirds of what we want and hope to get the remaining one-third fairly soon,” said Hoskins, on Monday.
Mark and Donna have been out on bond since September 2018, but one of the conditions placed on them as part of their release was to not have any contact with the child involved in the alleged incident — who was 10 years old at the time — or their siblings. A family court judge allegedly ruled in November 2018 to allow Donna Golden supervised visitation at the discretion of the Department of Community Based Services, leading to requests being made on two different occasions in Knox Circuit Court to allow the couple to see their children. Both times Judge Michael Caperton denied to grant either request, instead saying he wanted to first hear from a therapist who had been meeting with the alleged victim and its siblings.
An initial hearing was scheduled in February, though no ruling was made at that time. Hoskins later confirmed in March that no decision was made because the therapist was not present for the hearing.
Friday’s hearing was set in June after a third request was made. Prosecutors have objected to allowing either parent visitation.
Currently, the couple is scheduled to return to court Sept. 10 for a jury trial.
Mark Golden was arrested Aug. 28, 2018, after Kentucky State Police were dispatched to assist social workers during a home visit to the Golden’s residence following a complaint from officials at the child’s school regarding marks found on his body. According to police, he child had multiple marks on his face and back, as well as bruises on his arms.
A recorded interview was conducted with Mark Golden, in which he allegedly admitted to police as being the person who caused the child’s injuries. Mark Golden allegedly told police that he disciplined the child with the use of a belt, his hands and sometimes a towel.
There had allegedly been multiple incidents that caused the child’s injuries, with the most recent occurring two days before social services and police were contacted. There were also three other children in the home during the time that the incidents took place. All four children were removed from the home by social services. Mark Golden was placed under arrest and jailed in the Knox County Detention Center.
Mark Golden was indicted in connection to the incident in September 2018, charging him with first-degree criminal abuse. Donna Golden was also indicted on charges of first-degree criminal abuse for allegedly knowing about the alleged abuse but not doing anything to stop it.
Both remain out on bond.