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Jurors get Del. waterboarding case

GEORGETOWN, Del. — Jurors will begin deliberating Thursday in the trial of a former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion’s daughter by holding her head under a faucet.

Jurors were sent home Wednesday after hearing closing arguments in the case of Melvin Morse. They are to begin deliberations Thursday.

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Morse is being tried on charges of endangerment and assault and could face more than 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Morse says the allegation of waterboarding was his attempt to help the girl wash her hair. Waterboarding involves water immersions, similar to the simulated drownings used during interrogation of terrorism suspects.

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