Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife Pauline Morse were accused of waterboarding their own 11-year-old daughter in 2012. It was alleged that Dr. Morse, who is a pediatrician, held the child's head beneath a faucet so water would go up her nose and across her face. Torture, apparently, as punishment. I don't believe there is anything this child could have done to deserve this. The mother was there but didn't participate though she didn't stop it from happening either. Dr. Morse, who is the child's step-father, is also known for near-death experiments on children. Terrifying.
The case went to court and a verdict has been given. Justice? Maybe. But when Morse is finished serving his sentence, he will still be in her life.
Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes gave Dr. Morse a five-year sentence, but he could be out of jail in three years with probation.
The girl's mother Pauline was charged with misdemeanor endangerment and testified against her husband saying how he used waterboarding as a form of punishment. The child was also forced to stand with arms outstretched for hours and even deprived of food while forced to stay in her room. Awful.
While Dr. Morse is not this child's biological father, he is the father of her younger sister. It's unclear how active he will continue to be in this family's life, but no matter what there is so much healing ahead of them. I cannot imagine how this child feels. She is now just 12 years old. There must be such a sense of fear, issues with trust, and deep hurt. I hope she is able to overcome, and find a way to forgiveness with her mother as well.
What do you think of the sentencing? Does Dr. Morse deserve more time?
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