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Pediatrician Melvin Morse Accused of Waterboarding 11-Year-Old Daughter

Pediatrician Melvin Morse, of Georgetown, Delaware, is being accused by his 11-year-old daughter of waterboarding her. The daughter told authorities that Morse would hold her under a faucet until water came out of her nose.

The girl told police that her father said that "she could go five minutes without brain damage," reports The News Journal, a Delaware newspaper.

Ironically, Melvin Morse wrote a book about near-death experiences in kids called 'Closer to the Light' in 1991 and appeared in an interview with CNN's Larry King.

Melvin Morse and his wife and his wife Pauline were arrested on August 7 on charges of reckless endangerment, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child, reports CNN.

In July, police went to Morse's home after he was accused of grabbing his daughter, dragging the child across a driveway and spanking her.

At the time, Morse was arrested and posted a bond. That's when the 11-year-old girl told police about the waterboarding.

The 11-year-old girl and her 5-year-old sister are in the custody of a local Division of Family Services.


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