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Trial Starts In Girl's Alleged "Waterboarding"

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Jury selection is nearly complete in the trial of a former Delaware pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his female companion's 11-year-old daughter by holding her face under a faucet.
    
Several potential jurors in the trial of Melvin Morse were excused Monday after telling the judge of potential conflicts that could affect their ability to render an impartial verdict. Several of those dismissed cited family or friends in law enforcement, while others said they themselves or people close to them had been abused as children.
    
After dismissing more than 50 potential jurors, the judge said a panel would be seated Monday afternoon.
    
Morse, who researched near-death experiences involving children, has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and assault charges. He denies police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.

 

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