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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 Pleads Not Guilty to ‘Waterboarding’ Stepdaughter

A former Georgetown, Del., pediatrician has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and endangerment for allegedly ‘waterboarding’ his stepdaughter. Dr. Melvin Morse is represented by Delaware criminal defense attorney Joseph Hurley; his wife, who pleaded not guilty in October, is represented by public defender Dean Johnson. Both have been out on bail since their arrest.

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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