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Photos Of Bruises, Expert Testimony Begins Waterboarding Trial

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old step-daughter is now on trial almost a year-and-a-half after his arrest.

The first day of testimony in the case against Melvin Morse began Tuesday at the Sussex County Superior Court. Prosecution brought forth several witnesses, including a Beebe Medical Center forensic nurse, two Delaware State officers, an Indian River school district bus driver and a mother of a girl who rode the bus with the young victim.

Photographs of bruises on the victim taken the morning she told police and strangers that her step-father had allegedly dragged her inside their house by her ankles were shown in court. The forensic nurse confirmed the photos of bruises on the girl's ankle and hands.

But the day began with opening statements from prosecutors saying that a number of incidents of waterboarding took place starting in 2010 through 2012. The defense for Morse claimed that the young girl misinterpreted the incidents, claiming Morse was just washing her hair, something they say his step-daughter didn't like.

The victim is now 13-years-old and was not in court.

During the proceedings, the state played a video of Melvin Morse speaking with investigators, recorded on July 13th. Morse said he loved his daughter and the allegations she made were unlike her.  In the video, Morse told an investigator that his step-daughter did call the Division of FamilySservices once before because of an alleged slap, but since then he claimed things changed.

Morse appeared in court with his lawyers through all of Tuesday's testimonies. For the most part, his actions displayed a man holding on to his innocence. Each time, the prosecution described the accusations against him, he shook his head in disagreement.

The court expects at least another nine days of testimony in the Morse case, which will include the young victim and her mother, Pauline Morse, taking the stand. Pauline Morse pleaded guilty to three counts with a suspended sentence and probation in May 2013.

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