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Delaware pediatrician charged with abusing daughter

DOVER, Del. — The daughter of a Delaware pediatrician who has appeared on national television for his research on near-death experiences told investigators he ‘‘waterboarded’’ her several times by holding her face under a running faucet.

A lawyer for Dr. Melvin Morse described the waterboarding description as an ‘‘attention-getter’’ by authorities, based on an allegation from an 11-year-old who had made a false abuse claim against a family member before.

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