Doctor arrested for 'waterboarding' his 11-year-old daughter (Video)
DOVER, Del. - A doctor and his wife were arrested for allegedly doing the unthinkable to their young daughter.
According to the Seattle Times, a Dover, Del. pediatrician, 58-year-old Dr. Melvin Morse, was taken into police custody on Tuesday and charged with several felony counts for allegedly punishing his 11-year-old daughter on several occasions by holding her head under a faucet so that water could run up her nose.
This is the second arrest charge for Morse, who was already out on bail after being charged on July 13 with assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly dragging this same 11-year-old by her ankle across their gravelled yard to inside the home where he proceeded to spank her. He dragged her while her 6-year-old sister reportedly watched the abuse. CNN has reported that neighbors were the ones who initially alerted the police after witnessing the dragging incident.
The daughter was the one who told police of the waterboarding punishment during an interview with police on Aug. 6, when she revealed more chilling details. Court documents show that the girl's father said she could endure five minutes of this torture without suffering brain damage and that he would sometimes look away, then become afraid that he would lose track of time and she would die.
There is more. He was also reportedly charged with terrorism for threatening to kill a 65-year-old man. Those charges has since been dropped.
His wife Pauline was also arrested and charged for being present when the "water-boarding" took place and not doing anything to stop it or report it.
Joe Hurley, lawyer for the Morses, claim the charges are false and that what the good Doc did does not constitute "waterboarding" and feels the term is being used as "an attention-getter." He also added that the alleged victim had once made false claims of sexual abuse against a half-sibling.
The Dover prosecution office does not share his views, for they not only arrested Morse and wife but reportedly ordered an emergency suspension of his medical license.
There is another bizarre angle to this horrifying story. In addition to being a pediatrician, Dr. Morse specializes in near-death experiences of children. He has a website, http://www.spiritualscientific.com, where he waxes weirdly philosophical on death, love, family and God, but not necessarily in that order of priority.
Morse has written several books on the subject of near death experiencew by children, including "Closer to the Light" and Transformed By the Light." He made an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live" in August of 1991 and has also appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Was this doctor performing sinister near death experiments on his child? He allegedly started doing this in 2009, which means this young girl was only 8-years-old.
Morse's wife is reportedly out on $14,500 unsecured bail but he is being held on a secured $14,500 bond. Their both have a prelimiary hearing set for Aug. 16.
Both daughters have been removed from the home and are in child protected custody, reports the Huffington Post.
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