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Sentencing Day for Doc Convicted of Waterboarding Girl

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    Sentencing Day for Doc Convicted of Waterboarding Girl
    Delaware State Police
    Melvin Morse, 58, is charged with reckless endangerment, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.

    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.
     
    A felony reckless endangerment conviction for waterboarding carries a maximum of five years in prison but a presumptive sentence of 15 months.
     
    The girl and her mother testified that Melvin Morse used waterboarding as a threat or punishment. 
     
    Defense attorneys argued that "waterboarding" was a term jokingly used to describe hair washing.