Pediatrician sent to prison for waterboarding child - WKRN News 2

Delaware pediatrician sent to prison for waterboarding child

Posted: Updated: April 11, 2014 10:27 PM CDT
Melvin Morse was sentenced to three years in prison for waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter. Melvin Morse was sentenced to three years in prison for waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
GEORGETOWN, Del. -

A former Delaware pediatrician has been sentenced to three years in prison for waterboarding his stepdaughter.

According to USA Today, Melvin Morse was found guilty in January of six offenses, including first-degree reckless endangerment.

He was initially given a five year sentence, however, a judge ordered him to serve three years and then remain on probation for the last two.

In August 2012, Morse's 11-year-old stepdaughter ran away from home after he held her head under water and made her think she would drown.

The girl's mother, Pauline Morse, testified against her husband in his trial.

She pled guilty to misdemeanor endangerment charges last year.

 *USA Today contributed to this report.

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