Mother testifies in Delaware waterboarding case

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 3:04 PM

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman whose longtime companion is accused of waterboarding her daughter by holding the child's head under a faucet says the couple used the term jokingly for hair washing.

Jurors on Friday also watched a video in which Pauline Morse told police the alleged waterboarding by Melvin Morse usually lasted less than a minute.

She also reiterated that she witnessed only one such incident.

Melvin Morse, a former pediatrician, is accused of endangerment and assault and could get more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

As she did a day earlier, Pauline Morse was forced to admit several contradictions in her testimony and statements given to authorities.

Melvin Morse, who has researched near-death experiences involving children, denies police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.

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