Friday, August 10, 2012

Former Idaho Physician, Wife Charged With Waterboarding Daughter

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Dr. Melvin Morse and Pauline Morse are charged with recklessly endangering the lives of their two daughters.
  • Courtesy Delaware State Police
  • Dr. Melvin Morse and Pauline Morse are charged with recklessly endangering the lives of their two daughters.


A pediatrician who worked in Pocatello during the 1980s is behind bars for allegedly waterboarding his daughter. His wife was also arrested on charges of recklessly endangering their children.

The 11-year-old daughter of Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife, Pauline Morse, told law enforcement that she was waterboarded, which simulates drowning and has been used on terrorism suspects. Most experts call it torture.

Morse has authored several books on paranormal science and near-death experiences, appearing on The Larry King Show and Oprah to discuss his research. In addition to his time in Idaho, Morse worked in California, Washington and Delaware, where he currently lives with his wife.

Melvin and Pauline Morse have been ordered to have no contact with their two daughters or with each other. They face a preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 16.

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