|Melvin and Pauline Morse|
A doctor who was supposed to help little children, was actually very cruel to his own child.
A Delaware pediatrician has been charged with child abuse related charges after allegedly water boarding his 11-year-old daughter four times, while his mother stood by and watched.
Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, and his wife Pauline, 40, of Georgetown, Delaware, are both facing several felony charges, including first-degree reckless endangering, State Police spokesperson Gary Fournier said.
Morse, who co-authored a book about near-death experiences of children and worked in a pediatric practice in Milton, was also charged with third-degree assault.
The police investigation was triggered on July 12, after police responded to a 911 call by a neighbor, who reported the doctor grabbing and dragging his daughter across the road.
According to court documents, the 11-year-old told social workers that her father had disciplined her by what detectives called water boarding at least four times between May 2009 and May 2011.
She said he would hold her face under running water, causing water to fill her nostrils and over her face.
The events have taken place in the kitchen sink, toilet and tub faucet, according to court documents.
The daughter told police that she "could not understand what she did to be punished", and was afraid.
The girl's younger sister was also interviewed and told the social workers that she saw this happen to her sister, but "it has never been done to her because she is too young."
The two children are now cared for by the State Division of Family Services, state police said.
The Office of the Attorney General on Wednesday filed a motion to suspend the medical license of Morse.