Delaware doctor convicted in 'waterboarding' trial

GEORGETOWN, Delaware Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:17pm EST

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GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware jury found a prominent pediatrician and best-selling author guilty on Thursday of endangering his stepdaughter in a trial featuring testimony that he subjected the girl to a form of waterboarding to punish her.

Dr. Melvin Morse, an author on near-death experiences who has appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," could face up to 10 years in prison.

Morse went on trial in late January on charges of child endangerment dating back to July 2012, when his stepdaughter was 11 years old. Prosecutors accused him of preventing the girl from bathing, suffocating her and keeping her in her room without access to a bathroom.

Morse was found guilty of six of eight counts, including third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony.

His stepdaughter, now 12, told authorities that Morse, 60, had physically abused her, including waterboarding her on four occasions. Morse's lawyers argued that the girl and her mother, who testified for the prosecution, lied about the abuse.

Typically associated with the interrogation of terrorism suspects, waterboarding in general involves holding a cloth over a person's face and flooding it with water to simulate drowning.

(Reporting by Lacey Johnson; Writing by Ian Simpson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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SKYDRIFTER wrote:
The industrial-based civilization has become its own punishment. With spanking being outlawed, what truly viable options do “normal” parents have?

The function of the new American culture leaves the “normal” (almost guaranteed) adolescent rebelliousness the ever-so-easy alternatives/options of ‘friends’ and the ‘street’ – with no associated shortage of the ‘developmental’ adrenaline. When you have ‘friends,’ who needs boring and demanding parents, right?

A frustrated “Dad” took a chance; and lost. If such a pediatrician can be boxed into the obvious corner; what does that say about the “American culture?”

NOTE TO PARENTS: “Don’t get caught; and don’t speak a single word to any authority figure.” (Save for: “Rubbish!”)

Feb 13, 2014 6:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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