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Thu Feb 13, 2014, 08:37 PM

Delaware doctor convicted in 'waterboarding' trial

Source: Reuters

Delaware doctor convicted in 'waterboarding' trial

BY LACEY JOHNSON
GEORGETOWN, Delaware Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:12pm EST

(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.

The Sussex County Superior Court jury deliberated for more than five hours before convicting Morse on six of eight counts. They included third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree reckless endangerment, a felony.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/14/us-usa-delaware-waterboard-trial-idUSBREA1C20T20140214

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