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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a former pediatrician imprisoned for abusing his female companion's daughter, including "waterboarding" the girl by holding her head under a faucet.

Melvin Morse argued that the trial judge erred in allowing evidence of other uncharged abusive acts against the girl and in granting a request from jurors during deliberations to re-watch videotaped statements of the girl and her younger sister.

But a three-judge panel ruled Thursday that there was no merit to Morse's claims.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A former Delaware pediatrician convicted of waterboarding the daughter of his longtime companion by holding her head under a faucet is facing sentencing on assault and endangerment charges.

Melvin Morse faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at Friday's sentencing, but a lesser punishment is likely under state sentencing guidelines.

Each of the five misdemeanor convictions handed down by a jury in February carries a maximum of one year in prison but typically results in probation.

Melvin Morse, Del. State Police

Pediatrician Dr. Melvin Morse, who is facing charges of child endangerment for allegedly waterboarding his 11 year-old step daughter, was on the radar of authorities as far back as 2007.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that prosecutors confirmed that he came to the attention of authorities after he sent “a disturbing” greeting card to his stepdaughter.

The paper reports that it implied a sexual relationship with the girl who was then 15.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware pediatrician is denying allegations that he waterboarded his 11-year-old stepdaughter as part of his research into near-death experiences involving children.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Dr. Melvin Morse questioned how anyone could do such a thing. He also said he has not done near-death research in 15 years.

Delaware pediatrician Melvin Morse is set to appear before a Sussex County judge in Georgetown for a preliminary hearing after being accused of waterboarding his 11-year old stepdaughter.

He and his wife Pauline, who failed to stop the alleged waterboarding, are facing felony counts of child endangerment and conspiracy.

A search warrant affidavit suggested that Morse may have been experimenting on his step daughter as part of his research into near-death experiences by bring her “to a possible near death state from the simulation of drowning.”

Melvin Morse, Del. State Police

It may have been just an experiment.           

That’s latest from court documents in the case of Dr. Melvin Morse the pediatrician who faces charges for allegedly waterboarding his 11 year old stepdaughter.

The court documents were obtained by the Associated Press.

The affidavit for a search warrant said his waterboarding would fall into the area of study he practices. 

It goes on to say that he has written about and/or researched the topic of waterboarding.

Delaware State Police

Delaware state officials have pulled the medical license for pediatrician Melvin Morse who has been accused of waterboarding his 11 year old daughter.

It comes two days after the 58-year old Milton man was arrested on felony charges of reckless endangerment and conspiracy.

Court documents say that he grabbed his daughter by the ankle and dragged her across a gravel drive way after which he took her inside their home and spanked her. 

Delaware State Police

A Georgetown pediatrician has been charged with waterboarding his 11 year old daughter while his wife looked on.

Among the charges against Dr. Melvin Morse and his wife Pauline are first-degree reckless endangerment and felony conspiracy.

They have two daughters ages 5 and 11.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the investigation began in early July when state troops got a 911 call from a neighbor about a domestic dispute. 

On Monday the 11 year old was questioned by authorities.