Former Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding 11-year-old girl

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by Joseph L. Parker

During opening statements on Tuesday, a prosecutor said former Delaware pediatrician, Melvin Morse, terrorized his female companion’s daughter for years. Some of the punishments meted out included waterboarding by holding her face under a faucet.

During Morse’s trial, deputy attorney general Melanie Withers described him as a harsh and despotic “lord and master” of his household. Withers said he had mistreated the girl for years as her mother silently accepted the abuse of her daughter.

Withers told jurors:

The defendant controlled every single aspect of that child’s life, including whether she had the right to draw breath.

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