Girl Admits To Lying Several Times In DE Waterboarding Case - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Girl Admits To Lying Several Times In DE Waterboarding Case

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Melvin Morse (L) with lawyer Melvin Morse (L) with lawyer

GEORGETOWN, Del. - The step-daughter of Melvin Morse once again takes the stand.

But the defense took over questioning in an attempt to cast doubt over her credibility.

A young girl who says she was waterboarded admitted lying several times in court on Tuesday, including one of two alleged sexual assaults by her step-sister.
    
During cross-examination, she says she lied to authorities in 2010 about the molestation from late 2009, but said an earlier one was the truth.

The stories about waterboarding also don't match up. On Monday, the girl testified that she heard Morse scream the word "die" during an alleged waterboarding incident. But according to transcripts from an interview with the prosecution's detective last August, the girl never admitted that.

When the defense questioned her, she said she forgot to mention it.
    
"The child has given several different versions [of stories], so it's not an easy question on what matches up, because it doesn't match up with itself," said Kevin Tray, one of Morse's defense lawyers. "These are serious allegations and it resulted in an arrest and the state's trying to have it result in a conviction."

Morse's trial resumes on Thursday and we're told it looks like there will be three more days of testimony. Morse himself has yet to take the stand. The girl's mother, Pauline Morse is still expected to testify.

Melvin Morse faces 12 charges, including endangerment and assault.

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