When news broke that near-death experience expert Dr. Melvin Morse had been arrested for allegedly waterboarding his stepdaughter, most dismissed him as just another kook who’d been accused of doing a terrible thing. But to those in the parapsychology community, the charges against Morse came as a great shock. Morse has done extensive research on the near-death experience phenomenon, especially in children.
A former Georgetown, Del., pediatrician has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and endangerment for allegedly ‘waterboarding’ his stepdaughter. Dr. Melvin Morse is represented by Delaware criminal defense attorney Joseph Hurley; his wife, who pleaded not guilty in October, is represented by public defender Dean Johnson. Both have been out on bail since their arrest.
A Georgetown, Del., couple are facing child abuse charges after authorities allege Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, used a highly unusual method of discipline on his 11-year-old stepdaughter while his wife, Pauline Morse, 40, stood idly by. Dr. Morse, who police allege held his 11-year-old stepdaughter’s face under running water and held her nose and mouth shut until she collapsed, is a pediatrician who co-authored a book about near-death experiences in children.