Trial resumes in Del. girl's alleged waterboarding

AP News
Posted: Feb 07, 2014 6:26 AM

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Defense attorneys will continue their cross-examination of a Delaware woman whose longtime companion, a former pediatrician, is accused of repeatedly waterboarding her daughter by holding the child's head under a running faucet.

Pauline Morse faces further questioning Friday by attorneys for 60-year-old Melvin Morse, who is accused of endangerment and assault and could get more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

Pauline Morse testified Thursday that she didn't believe Melvin Morse was simply washing the girl's hair, as defense attorneys suggest.

Pauline Morse said she never saw any shampoo, and that Melvin Morse used "hair washing" as a threat or punishment for the girl, who is now 12.

Melvin Morse, who has researched near-death experiences involving children, denies police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.