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Trial resumed on Friday for a Delaware doctor accused of "waterboarding" the 12-year-old daughter of his common law wife, the Patriot-News reported.
The girl took her story to police, prompting charges against the accused, Melvin Morse, and his long-time companion, Pauline Morse.
Though the 60-year-old pediatrician claims he was only washing the girl's hair, his common law wife claims she did not find any shampoo and said he used "hair washing" as a threat for the girl.
"He called it washing her hair, but I knew it wasn't washing her hair because there was no soap or anything," said Pauline Morse. According to The Associated Press, she pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor child endangerment charges and agreed to testify against Melvin Morse.
On Thursday, the girl's mother testified that she witnessed Melvin Morse hold her daughter's head under the faucet before, causing him to jump and quickly let the girl go, who sat up coughing and choking.
Pauline Morse will face more questioning from her common law husband's attorneys on Friday.
If convicted, Melvin Morse could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.
Morse's medical license was suspended immediately following his arrest. He has written several books on paranormal science and near-death experiences involving children, leading to appearances on "Larry King Live" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." His research was also shown in "Unsolved Mysteries" and a "Rolling Stone" article.
The pediatrician also denied to authorities that he was experimenting on the girl.
reply to post by SuperFrog
This is abhorrent.
If the guy has such a hard-on for near death experiences, then, hmmm, shouldn't he experience them himself?
I mean, really?
This is just as bad as the people that refuse to give their children any medical care in favor of praying them, usually to literal death, and worse since it's actively harming a child.
This superstitious nonsense with a ridiculous fascination over a "life after death" mythology, however that might be interpreted, is just baffling.
it just amazes me that people with actual real educations can still buy into that.
Belief in life after death, like the existence of God, is widely embraced: 8 out of 10 Americans (81%) believe in an afterlife of some sort. Another 9% said life after death may exist, but they were not certain.
EORGETOWN, Del. - A Delaware jury convicted a pediatrician Thursday of waterboarding his companion's daughter by holding the child's head under a faucet.
The jury deliberated for about six hours before returning its verdict against Melvin Morse, 60.
Morse was charged with three felonies, two for alleged waterboarding and one for alleged suffocation by hand. He was convicted of one felony - waterboarding in the bathtub - and five misdemeanors.
Morse did not show any immediate reaction after the verdict. He could face several years in prison. Sentencing was set for April 11.
Defense attorneys argued that "waterboarding" was a term jokingly used to describe hair washing that the girl did not like.
Morse was charged with endangerment and assault after the girl ran away in July 2012 and told authorities of waterboarding and other abuse.
Morse, whose medical license was suspended after his arrest, has written several books and articles on paranormal science and near-death experiences involving children. He has appeared on shows such as "Larry King Live" and the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss his research, which also has been featured on an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" and in an article in "Rolling Stone" magazine. Morse denied police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.