Celebrity Doctor Who Appeared on Oprah Gets Three Years for Waterboarding His Stepdaughter

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

That kid must have really gotten on his nerves.

A Delaware pediatrician will serve three years in prison for waterboarding his 12-year-old step daughter as an act of punishment.

Melvin Morse, 60, a celebrity doctor who has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and other television shows, was sentenced Friday and will also serve two years of probation when he is released.

In the courtroom Morse apologized to the daughter of his longtime companion.

“I am so sorry. I am so sorry,” he told her. “None of this is your fault … and I hope that one day you can forgive me.”

A jury convicted Morse in February of one count of waterboarding in the bathtub — and five misdemeanors. Prosecutors said he would force the girl under a running faucet and would threaten the punishment to the girl.

Morse argued the term was made in a joking manner and that it may have been part of an experiment. But the jury rejected that argument.

What a prankster.

In May, his wife Pauline Morse pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to testify against Morse. The girl is currently under foster care.

The arrest happened after the girl fled her home to a classmate’s house in July 2012 after authorities said Morse spanked her and dragged her across the driveway by her ankle.

The girl then told police about the waterboarding.

Authorities said additional abuse included forcing the girl to stand with her arms outstretched for hours at a time, confining her to her room and depriving her of food or force-feeding her.

The girl said she was water boarded for vomiting into a cat’s litter box after being forced to drink too much milk.

The mother should also be facing time behind bars.


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