ABC News is reporting that Delaware pediatrician Melvin Morse, a researcher into near-death experiences and the author of numerous books including Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light, Parting Visions and Where God Lives, has been accused of having waterboarded his own 11 year-old daughter over the course of two years:
Dr. Melvin Morse, 58, and his wife Pauline, 40, were arrested Tuesday, a day after their daughter told a child advocate that her father had “waterboarded” her four times between May 2009 and May 2011 while her mother watched and did nothing to stop the abuse, Cpl. Gary Fournier told ABC News.
Morse, who has appeared on Larry King Live and Oprah, is especially interested in the near-death experiences of children. Via his official biography:
In 1982, while a Fellow for the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Morse was working in a clinic in Pocatello, Idaho. He was called to revive a young girl who nearly died in a community swimming pool. She had had no heart beat for 19 minutes, yet completely recovered. She was able to recount many details of her own resuscitation, and then said that she was taken down a brick lined tunnel to a heavenly place. When Dr. Morse showed his obvious skepticism, she patted him shyly on the hand and said: “Don’t worry, Dr. Morse, heaven is fun!.”
Sound familiar? Some people obviously think so, and there are those who are wondering whether Morse was using his daughter to further his own research. He wouldn’t be the first researcher to do so, though few take their experiments to such extremes.