Waterboarding is the practice of pouring water over an immobilized victim, giving the victim the sensation of drowning. It can be an extremely painful form of torture.
Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, of Delaware was a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and had even appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Larry King Live”, speaking about his research and findings on ‘near-death experiences”. Mr. Morse and his wife Pauline, 40 are accused of waterboarding his eleven year old stepdaughter to bring her to a “possible near-death state”.
The issue was bought to light when on July 12, a 911 call was made from a neighbor’s home, stating that Morse grabbed his daughter by her ankle and dragged her across their gravel driveway, and proceeded to go inside the house and spank her. According to the AP, Morse was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and assault in that case. When police came back to do a follow up interview after that incident, they were shocked to learn about the waterboarding. The girl told them that since 2009, at least five times since then, Dr. Morse has taken the girl and held her face under the running water of the kitchen faucet, bathroom tub and sink as well. According to court records, Morse had been battling depression, disability, financial troubles
and substance abuse.
The girl had also stated to authorities that her mother had witnessed the incident’s, but did nothing to stop it. Morse has called his daughters accusations an “overreaction” and maintains that his daughter is making up the accusations, saying that she has “opposition issues” and that she has a history of making things up.
Morse’s ex-wife, Alison however says that Morse had been abusing prescription drugs and is a “pathological liar”, and she also says that Morse has “made stuff up about his own children”.
Morse and his wife are currently out on bail.