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UPDATE: Morse Guilty On 6 Charges, Facing 10 Years Behind Bars

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The jury has come back with a verdict in the trial of a former Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his step-daughter.

Melvin Morse has been found guilty on six of the eight counts that he was facing. Morse is guilty of one felony 1st degree reckless endangerment directly from a waterboarding incident, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of 3rd degree assault and one reckless endangering 2nd degree.

Before making their decision, the jury asked to re-watch two videos of the young victim and her sister making statements dating back to August 2012 The move is considered a rare one, according to defense attorney John Brady, who sat in for Morse's two attorneys who were snowed in New Castle County. The defense fought to disallow it saying it would not show the full picture of inconsistencies in the girl's testimony.

"It clearly will be one of those appeal issues they'll be working on," said Brady.

In one of the videos, the victim describes two separate waterboarding incidents: one that happened in the bathroom and the other in the kitchen. The jury found Morse guilty on both of those charges, but the bathroom incident was the only felony.

"It is a very strong issue for review with the Delaware Supreme Court," said Brady.

After the verdict came down, WMDT reached out to deputy attorney general Melanie Withers in the case. She said she could not comment on camera, but she was going to call that young victim and let her know the results.

Morse was found not guilty of 1st degree reckless endangering as relates to suffocating and endangering the welfare of a child.

Jurors began deliberating Thursday morning in the trial of the 60-year-old. Throughout the trial, Morse said the alleged waterboardings were simply his attempts to wash the girl's hair, but the 12-year-old girl and her mother, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor endangerment charges and agreed to testify against Melvin Morse, say he used hair-washing as a threat or punishment.

Morse is set to be sentenced on April 11th. He is facing a maximum of 10 years behind bars.

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