On Monday, Jan. 27, NBC reported that the jury selection began in the trial of a Delaware man who allegedly waterboarded his 11 year-old daughter. Waterboarding is the act of simulated drowning normally associated with the interrogation of terrorists and involved covering someone’s face with a towel and pouring water on it.
Dr. Melvin Morse, a pediatrician is on trial for charges of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and conspiracy. He also authored a best-selling book on near death experiences.
In 2012, Morse’s daughter, 11 told the police that her father had waterboarded her. According to the police report, the Morse family had returned to their home in Georgetown, Delaware one night but the young girl had refused to get out of the car.
Her father, Melvin Morse then allegedly dragged her by the ankles through a gravel driveway into their home. At which point, he disciplined his daughter with the waterboarding.
The daughter later left the house and went to a neighbor’s home where she told them what happened. The little girl’s mother, Pauline Morse witnessed the waterboarding but did nothing to help her child or stop her husband.
Pauline Morse was arrested and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in May. She has also agreed to testify against her husband, Melvin Morse.
Melvin Morse heads the Institute for the Scientific Study of Consciousness and has made appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America and Larry King Live. His book is titled, “Closer to the Light.”
Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Sussex County Superior Court.
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