GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP)- A Sussex County judge is set to hold a preliminary hearing for a Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter.
Dr. Melvin Morse was to appear for the hearing Thursday morning in Georgetown.
Morse, who has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children, faces felony counts of child endangerment and conspiracy.
The girl's mother, Pauline Morse, faces the same charges after being accused of not trying to stop the alleged waterboarding, which involved holding the girl's face under running faucets.
Police suggested in a search warrant affidavit that Morse may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter as part his research into near-death experiences by bringing her "to a possible near death state from the simulation of drowning."