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Jury seated for former pediatrician accused of waterboarding girl, 11

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The trial of a former Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding an 11-year-old girl moved forward this week as prosecutors and defense attorneys settled on a jury of eight women and four men.

Melvin Morse, 60, is a former pediatrician accused of holding the face of the daughter of his female companion under a running faucet, CBS reported. He was arrested in August of 2012 after the girl told authorities that he held her face under the faucet on several occasions.

Waterboarding simulates drowning and has been used by U.S. military and intelligence officials in the past as an interrogation tactic on terrorism suspects. Opponents of the act say it's torture.

Mr. Morse has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and assault, and he denies a police allegation that he was using the girl for experiments, CBS reported.

He's famous for writing several books on paranormal science and near-death experiences. He's made guest appearances on several television shows, including "Larry King Live" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

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