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Former Wife Agrees To Testify Against NDE Researcher Dr. Melvin Morse

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      The Associated Press
      May 17, 2013



      A woman who lived with a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding
      her 11-year-old daughter agreed Friday to plead guilty to child
      endangerment charges and testify against him.

      In accepting a plea offer from prosecutors, Pauline Morse agreed to
      plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a
      child and to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against Dr. Melvin

      Melvin Morse, 59, has written a best-selling book and achieved national
      recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving
      children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been
      experimenting on the girl last year, a claim he denies.

      A trial for Melvin Morse is scheduled to start June 10. Morse and his
      attorney, Joe Hurley, did not immediately return telephone messages
      seeking comment Friday.

      A spokesman for the attorney general's office had no immediate comment.

      Pauline Morse, 41, was scheduled to formally enter her plea at a court
      hearing Monday in Georgetown. Sentencing guidelines call for up to a
      year in prison, suspended for up to 1 year of probation, and a fine of
      up to $2,300.

      The couple lived together as husband and wife, even though they were
      divorced several years ago. The 11-year-old girl was Pauline Morse's
      daughter from a previous relationship, even though Morse has claimed in
      the past that he is her father.

      The allegations of waterboarding surfaced after Melvin Morse was accused
      of grabbing the 11-year-old by the ankle last July and, as her
      6-year-old sister watched, dragging her across a gravel driveway. He was
      arrested on misdemeanor endangerment and assault charges and released on

      The charges were revised after the older girl told investigators that
      Melvin Morse also had disciplined her by holding her face under a
      running faucet at least four times since 2009, a punishment she said he
      called "waterboarding."

      Waterboarding simulates drowning and has been used in the past by U.S.
      interrogators on terrorism suspects. Many critics call it torture.

      Police said Pauline Morse, who was initially charged with felony
      endangerment and conspiracy, witnessed the "waterboarding" and did
      nothing to stop it. Her two daughters were taken into state custody, but
      she has been allowed visitation and is working to try to regain custody
      of them.

      "My client's main objective is getting the children back," said Dean
      Johnson, a public defender representing Pauline Morse. "She's not going
      to get them back until these matters are resolved. She needs to get this
      behind her."

      Johnson said Pauline Morse has "totally changed" compared to when he
      first met her. He said she has grown from "somewhat of a 'Sad Sack'
      personality" who was easily manipulated by others into a more
      self-confident person able to make decisions on her own.

      "She has independence of thought... whereas before Melvin made the
      decisions and she went along," he said.

      Following his arrest Melvin Morse, whose medical license has been
      suspended, was charged with conspiracy and five felony counts of
      endangerment. Prosecutors later dropped the conspiracy charge, which
      involved Pauline Morse, but added four new endangering counts and one
      count of misdemeanor assault.


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