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Defendant resumes testimony in waterboarding case

Tuesday - 2/11/2014, 5:49pm  ET

Associated Press

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) -- A former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his companion's daughter by holding the girl's head under a faucet says he never intentionally harmed her while trying to rinse her hair.

Under cross-examination Tuesday, 60-year-old Melvin Morse said the so-called waterboarding was simply rinsing soap suds remaining in the girl's hair after she bathed. He also said she didn't like having her hair washed.

Morse is being tried on endangerment and assault charges. He could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Morse testified earlier Tuesday that he sometimes was insensitive and rough with the girl, but he denied that he enjoyed humiliating her or causing her pain.

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

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