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Pediatrician gets prison for 'waterboarding' stepdaughter

Published on Apr 12, 2014 6:47 AM
Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, is seen in this booking photo released by the Delaware State Police on August 9, 2012. A Delaware jury on Thursday found Morse guilty of child endangerment charges for waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter as a way to punish her. Morse, a best-selling author on near-death experiences, went on trial in late January on charges of child endangerment dating back to July 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

GEORGETOWN, Delaware (REUTERS) - A prominent Delaware pediatrician and best-selling author who punished his 11-year-old stepdaughter using a form of waterboarding was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday.

A jury found Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written about near-death experiences and appeared on Oprah and Good Morning America, guilty of child endangerment charges dating back to July 2012.

Prosecutors in Sussex County Superior Court accused Morse of preventing the girl from bathing, suffocating her with water and denying her access to a bathroom.

"Never did I know I would cause this amount of pain to the people that I love," said Morse, 60, who spoke at his sentencing in the packed courtroom.

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