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Friday, August 17, 2012

Dr Melvin Morse Denies Waterboarding Step-Daughter

A US paediatrician has denied allegations of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter as part of his research into near-death experiences.

A police search warrant affidavit suggests Dr Melvin Morse may have been experimenting on the 11-year-old by bringing her "to a possible near-death state from the simulation of drowning".

Speaking before a preliminary hearing on charges of child endangerment and conspiracy, Dr Morse - who has discussed his research on Oprah Winfrey's TV show in the US - said: "How could anybody do such a thing?

"I haven't done near-death research in 15 years."

After the hearing, defence lawyer Joe Hurley said that Morse is being portrayed as "a medical Osama bin Laden."

He said: "Waterboarding has a distinct emotional pull immediately when you hear it. It makes you think of bad, bad, bad people, and that attaches to you to some degree."

Dr Morse, from Delaware, and the girl's mother, Pauline Morse, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and a judge ordered that the case be transferred to the Superior Court. Read More