Oprah-approved parenting expert arrested for waterboarding young daughter (VIDEO)

There have been plenty of cases of bad parenting this week, but this latest one has truly left me (almost) speechless.

A Delaware couple has been arrested after their daughter told police that her father "waterboarded" her as punishment while her mom watched nearby. And that's not even the most shocking part--in an ironic twist, the accused dad has reportedly previously appeared on Oprah as an expert on near-death experiences of children!


58-year-old Dr. Melvin Morse was originally arrested after authorities received reports that he had grabbed his 11-year-old daughter by her ankle and dragged her across a gravel driveway in early July. The young girl then revealed to the officers that in at least four separate incidents, her father had also disciplined her by holding her face under a faucet, and letting the water run over her face and up her nose--a form of TORTURE otherwise known as "waterboarding."

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Isn't that unbelievable? I am appalled that someone is capable of torturing anyone, but to think of a parent doing it to their own child? It's completely INSANE!

But the entire matter is only made worse when considering the source, an author/pediatrician who has apparently been featured on major TV shows! Can you imagine? This man has to be a seriously twisted person to dole out advice on national networks and then go home and torture his poor, young daughter. In fact, I can't even tell who is worse—him or his wife, who just stood idly by and never did a thing to stop her husband's actions.  

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I am just relieved that the kids are now safely away from their obviously psychotic parents and that the couple was caught and will face consequences for their abuse. Both Morse and his wife face seven counts of reckless endangerment, child endangerment and conspiracy, but only Morse remains in jail—where I hope he will stay for a long time!

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Images via Delware State Police

Topics: crime  latest news  child abuse  child rearing


on Aug 9, 2012 at 6:29 PM
Honestly!! My son thinks his world is going to end when I take his cell phone or or Xbox!! I printed out this article and I am going to have him read it!! I am appalled at how they can even call themselves parents!!!
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on Jun 30, 2013 at 3:40 AM
I too as a small child had been through this horrible thing called water boarding. Which recently I just found out what the true name to this that had been done to me time and time again through out my child years am ethos they used on me because I cried a lot and supposedly some stupid mental doctor told the family who was raising me To use this method. Finally all these years I finally can put a name to this awful childhood memorie that has haunted me to this very day.
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