Del. jury set to deliberate in waterboarding trial

AP News
Posted: Feb 12, 2014 6:17 PM

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the trial of a former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion's daughter by holding her head under a faucet.

Jurors were sent home Wednesday after hearing closing arguments in the case of 60-year-old Melvin Morse. They are to begin deliberations Thursday.

Morse is being tried on charges of endangerment and assault and could face more than 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Morse says the allegation of waterboarding was his attempt to help the girl wash her hair.

The girl, now 12, and her mother have testified that Morse used hair-washing as a threat or punishment.

Morse has researched near-death experiences involving children. He denies police claims that he may have been using waterboarding to experiment on the girl.