A famous former pediatrician accused of using waterboarding torture to discipline the 12-year-old daughter of his ex-wife is now standing trial. The 12-year-old grew up believing Melvis Morse, who appeared on Oprah Winfrey and wrote two bestselling books, was her father. Morse was arrested after a neighbor reported child abuse. He is accused of abusing his stepdaughter in many ways, most notably using "waterboarding" -- a technique that became famous after it was revealed that it was used on prisoners in the war against terrorism.
The girl testified that Morse would hold her head under faucets in the bathroom and kitchen so that spray went up her nose, which mimics the sensation of drowning. He allegedly told her that she could be tortured in this way for five minutes without sustaining brain damage and the girl testified that he would sometimes "look away" from her during this punishment. She feared he would lose track of time and she would die.
In fact, the girl claims that sometimes she would hear him yell, "Die!" while he tortured her this way.
After this alleged abuse, the girl said she would go sit outside and cry, but that he would come outside and hold her mouth and nose with his hand. He would reportedly do this until she fell to the ground.
Morse has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The girl's mother, Pauline Morse, reportedly witnessed the abuse and did nothing to stop it, says the girl. Pauline cut a deal with prosecutors and will testify in exchange for only having to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges. Pretty outrageous that she would witness all of this and do nothing about it! She and her ex-husband, Morse, had continued to live together as man and wife long after their divorce -- and apparently never bothered to tell their daughter that he wasn't her biological father. These two morons sound perfect for each other.
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Unfortunately, the prosecutors must need the mom's testimony, which is why they let her get away with pleading to such small charges.
The girl has a 5-year-old sister who also agreed she witnessed the abuse of her older sibling.
Sadly, this case shows how badly children want parental love, even if they allegedly are tortured. The girl twice called her stepdad after his arrest and said she missed him.
What do you think about this? Should the mom have been let off the hook?
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