Delaware doctor convicted of endangering stepdaughter in 'waterboarding' trial

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 13, 2014 5:37 PM

GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware jury found a prominent pediatrician and best-selling author guilty on Thursday of endangering his 11-year-old stepdaughter in a trial featuring testimony that he subjected her to a form of waterboarding to punish her.

Melvin Morse, an author on near-death experiences, went on trial in late January on charges of child endangerment dating back to July 2012. Prosecutors accused him of preventing the girl from bathing, suffocating her and keeping her in her room without access to a bathroom.

(Reporting by Lacey Johnson; Writing by Ian Simpson; Editing by Paul Thomasch)