A Delaware pediatrician and his wife has been arrested for “waterboarding” their 11-year-old daughter.
Dr. Melvin Morse, a researcher of near-death experiences in kids has been accused of holding his daughter’s face under a running faucet as punishment while her mom Pauline Morse watched.
Officials were called to the scene last July when Morse was charged with abuse, as he dragged his daughter by the ankle across a gravel driveway and spanked her. At that time, officials interviewed the girl and learned of the dad’s occasional “waterboarding” punishment.
The punishments have occurred several times over the past two years. The girl explained that her father said that “she could go five minutes without brain damage.” She also recalled that her dad would sometimes “look away while he did it and would become afraid that he would lose track of time and she would die.”
Morse and his wife were arrested on August 7 on charges of reckless endangerment, conspiracy, and child endangerment. Pauline Morse has been released on bail, but both parents are restrained from contacting their 11-year-old daughter and younger 5-year-old girl who are under custody of social services.
In 1991, Morse wrote “Closer to the Light”, a book that narrates children’s out-of-body experiences, as they returned to consciousness after being declared clinically dead.
Watch the news coverage and Morse’s prior interview with Larry King.