Del. prosecutors rest case in waterboarding trial

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Associated Press

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 10:04 AM

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case against a former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion's daughter.

The final prosecution witness called Monday was the state police detective who led the investigation of Melvin Morse. Under cross examination, the detective said that when the girl was first interviewed in 2012, she did not mention several allegations she testified about, including that as Morse water boarded her, he shouted, "Die. Die."

The allegations of waterboarding surfaced after the girl, now 12, ran away from home in 2012, the morning after Morse reportedly grabbed her by the ankle and dragged her across a gravel driveway into the house, where she was spanked and warned of worse punishment the next day.

Morse, who has researched near-death experiences involving children, is expected to testify Monday.

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