Deleware couple charged with 'waterboarding' daughterSubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 08/09/2012 - 10:14
Deleware couple charged with 'waterboarding' daughter
By Sam Wood
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Delaware couple was arrested yesterday after authorities learned they were using a form of torture, banned in the United States, to discipline their daughter.
Melvin Morse, 58, and his wife Pauline, 40 were charged with four felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Delaware State Police, the couple's 11-year-old daughter was taken to a Child Advocacy Center on Aug. 6 for an interview about an alleged previous assault by her father.
During the course of the interview, the girl said her father had punished her by what he called "waterboarding." On several occasions beginning in 2009, she said, Melvin Morse held her face under a running faucet, causing water to flood up her nose and run over her face, police said.