Defendant resumes testimony in waterboarding case

By Associated Press 8:11am, February 11, 2014 - Updated 5:06pm, February 11, 2014
Melvin Morse
A former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion's daughter by holding the girl's head under a faucet says he sometimes was insensitive and rough but denies that he enjoyed humiliating the girl or causing her pain.

Melvin Morse was cross-examined Tuesday in his trial on endangerment and assault charges.

Much of the early cross-examination focused on Morse's attempts to deal with the girl's misbehavior and the counseling the family went through. Prosecutors were expected to hone in on the alleged waterboarding later Tuesday.

Morse has said there were struggles trying to keep the girl's hair clean after she began taking showers instead of baths, and that she also had head lice.

The girl, now 12, and her mother have said Morse used hair washing as a threat or punishment.

Most Recent Stories