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Wife to Testify Against Near-Death Expert Accused of Waterboarding Daughter

The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was reportedly “waterboarded” by renowned near-death expert Dr. Melvin Morse has agreed to testify against him in court.

Parapsychology Enthusiasts Defend Near-Death Expert Accused of Waterboarding Stepdaughter

When news broke that near-death experience expert Dr. Melvin Morse had been arrested for allegedly waterboarding his stepdaughter, most dismissed him as just another kook who’d been accused of doing a terrible thing. But to those in the parapsychology community, the charges against Morse came as a great shock. Morse has done extensive research on the near-death experience phenomenon, especially in children.

Near-Death Expert Dad Arrested for ‘Waterboarding’ Stepdaughter

A Georgetown, Del., couple are facing child abuse charges after authorities allege Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, used a highly unusual method of discipline on his 11-year-old stepdaughter while his wife, Pauline Morse, 40, stood idly by. Dr. Morse, who police allege held his 11-year-old stepdaughter’s face under running water and held her nose and mouth shut until she collapsed, is a pediatrician who co-authored a book about near-death experiences in children.

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