Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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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