Father accused of waterboarding daughter

An 11 year old girl tells police her father has been waterboarding her as a bizarre and cruel form of punishment. The accused is pediatrician Melvin Morse, who was featured on CNN's The Larry King Show promoting his book about near-death experiences in children. The local newspaper has more upsetting details. (via Johannes G.)


    1. Yeah, at least he didn’t torture her.  It could have been much worse, in the eyes of the same state that says this isn’t torture.

      1. It’s perfectly fine, as long as he got some actionable intel out of her.  At least that’s what I heard on Fox News.

      1. Or just Enhanced Parenting. 

        It’s funny watching our language being poisoned by the agendas of the powers to be. It is intentional and it changes how we think.

        For how and why, view this lecture on political language by linguistic professor George Lakoff:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f9R9MtkpqM

        Should be required viewing for anyone who votes.

  1. Wow.  In high school, I dated one of Melvin Morse’s daughters and his other children were family friends.  This is pretty upsetting.

  2. Fucking paedos abusing children! Seriously, how long does it take before a suspension of the right to practice becomes effective? Does this guy believe that near death experiences are transformational for children, bringing them closer to God, or what? I don’t get it.

    1. Not to argue for the this guy, but your comment; “believe that near death experiences are transformational for children….”, well, regardless the age involved, any near death experience CAN have the effect of bringing someone close to a “Search” for understanding of higher being and self.

      Source: A person who died and came back after an accident. Every minute is bonus time from here on out. 

      Again, I do not suggest this persons parenting skills be tried at home.

  3. Is McNulty trying to pull another wild stunt to draw attention to a broken bureaucratic system?  Has waterboarding jumped the shark? You be the judge.

  4. “Once, she said, her father told her he was ‘going to wrap her in a blanket and do it so that she could not move.’”

    I recognize that one: a heavily-promoted technique for RAD kids….a label put on adoptees who don’t acquiesce quickly enough to their new parents.  There are forums all over the internet with groups of parents teaching each other these forms of abuse.

    There really isn’t a better way to show someone “I control you” than these techniques.

    I wonder which came first: the waterboarding, then the realization that a book could be written from the knowledge gained, or did the book idea come first and then the realization that he had easy access to test subjects without all those pesky rules & regulations needed to use legitimate volunteers?

    1.  UGH…  just… whats WRONG with people!!!!  Why…

      Sorry, I know this isn’t adding to the conversation, but it’s just so mind boggling to me.  Do they really think of children as property?  Really? 

    1. “How can anyone think this is okay?”

      Is that rhetorical, because the answer is pretty obvious. Torture has been systematically de-stigmatized over the last decade. There have always been parents who fail, badly, in their primary role, it’s just that now waterboarding is a socially acceptable way to fail.

      1. Yeah, I guess it kind of is, but I just find this so egregious.  I mean, it’s a kid.  Seriously.  It’s a kid.  I guess some people are just all kinds of horrible to their kids…  And yeah, I know, our culture tends to reinforce behaviors. 


  5. I know this is disturbing on all kids of levels, but somehow water boarding seems so mundane compared to torture methods we devised hundreds of years ago.  Pear of anguish anyone?

      1. It is not a pair, the picture just shows it in a closed and open position:

        The Pear of Anguish was used during the Middle Ages as a way to torture women who conducted a miscarriage, liars, blasphemers and homosexuals.

        A pear-shaped instrument was inserted into one of the victim’s orifices: the vagina for women, the anus for homosexuals and the mouth for liars and blasphemers.

        The instrument consisted of four leaves that slowly separated from each other as the torturer turned the screw at the top. It was the torturer’s decision to simply tear the skin or expand the “pear” to its maximum and mutilate the victim.

        Doing a quick search on Google, several people have asked where to purchase, but no answer.  Perhaps vendors are wary about selling a device that has the potential to cause some serious physical damage…but then again we (in America) sell guns by the case load.

  6. Years ago he was my son’s pediatrician when he lived in the Seattle area. He didn’t seem to unhinged. But at some point he left his practice in Renton Washington and went through a divorce. I hadn’t heard what he was up to. Now I know. Sadly.

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