Girl testifies stepfather’s punishment made her fear she would die

This combination of photos released by the Delaware State Police shows Georgetown pediatrician Melvin Morse, 48, left, and his wife, Pauline Morse, 40.
This combination of photos released by the Delaware State Police shows Georgetown pediatrician Melvin Morse, 48, left, and his wife, Pauline Morse, 40.    AP Photo: Delaware State Police

Melvin Morse was arrested in 2012 after his stepdaughter, then 11, told authorities she had been waterboarded on four occasions.

(SOURCE)  GEORGETOWN, Delaware — The stepdaughter of a Delaware pediatrician accused of “waterboarding” her as discipline testified at his trial on Monday that the punishment made her afraid she was going to die.

The 12-year-old girl took the witness stand for the first time in the case of Dr. Melvin Morse, a best-selling author on near-death experiences, who faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and conspiracy.

He was arrested in 2012 after the girl, then 11, told authorities she had been waterboarded on four occasions.

Asked in court by prosecutor Melanie Withers to describe her stepfather’s punishment, the girl replied: “Waterboarding.”

She said he would hold her head in the sink and “run water up my nose so I couldn’t breathe. I was scared, and I felt like I was going to die.”

She said he waterboarded her once for accidentally spilling milk and another time for getting sick and vomiting.

“Once he put a trash bag over my head … but it was only for a short period of time,” she also testified.

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