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Pediatrician and paranormal enthusiast convicted of waterboarding child

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A former pediatrician was convicted of a felony and five misdemeanors for waterboarding a child this week in Delaware. He is well-known for his research in the paranormal hobby and near-death experiences, the New York Daily News reported today.

Melvin Morse was charged with two counts of waterboarding and one count of suffocation by hand. The 60-year-old was convicted of one of the felonies on Thursday for using waterboarding for the punishment of the daughter of his 41-year-old girlfriend Pauline. Morse allegedly held the girl's head under a running faucet.

Morse's stepdaughter said that she hid out at a friend's house after Morse punished her by dragging her across a gravel driveway by her ankles. She later told authorities about being punished by waterboarding from Morse. The girl's mother also testified against Morse, confirming that he uses waterboarding as punishment.

Morse continues to insist that he is innocent. He faces up to ten years in prison but is likely to receive a lesser punishment. Morse is currently out on bail and will return to court for sentencing on April 11.

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