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Melvin Morse, Pediatrician Accused Of Waterboarding, Faces Moment Of Truth

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FILE - Melvin L. Morse is seen in an undated file photo provided by the Delaware State Police. Morse, 58, of Georgetown, Del., and his wife, Pauline Morse, were arrested Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 by Delaware State Police and charged with recklessly endangering their two daughters, including the use of a form of discipline that police say the man called ?waterboarding.? Morse says he is being persecuted by authorities because of a 2009 doctor abuse scandal in the state. Dr. Melvin Morse tells The Ass | ASSOCIATED PRESS

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected in the trial of a former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion's daughter by holding the girl's head under a faucet.

Jurors in Delaware are expected to hear closing arguments Wednesday after 60-year-old Melvin Morse finishes testifying in his trial on endangerment and assault charges.

Morse could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Morse says the alleged waterboarding was his attempt to help the girl wash her hair.

But the girl, now 12, and her mother have testified that Morse used hair-washing as a threat or punishment when she misbehaved.

Morse, who has researched near-death experiences involving children, denies police claims that he may have been using waterboarding to experiment on the girl.

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