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Delaware Court Rejects Petition in Waterboarding Case

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected a former pediatrician's effort to delay his prison sentence for abusing the daughter of his longtime companion.

Melvin Morse, of Milton, was sentenced to three years in prison last month for abuse that included holding the girl's head under a faucet, a practice described in court as "waterboarding." During his trial, prosecutors argued that in addition to being waterboarded, Morse subjected the girl to other abuse, including being forced to stand with arms outstretched for hours at a time; being confined to her room, where she had to use her toy box or closet as a toilet; and being deprived of food or force fed until she vomited.

Morse sought to delay his prison sentence until the judge held a hearing to determine whether Delaware's prison system could handle Morse's preferred course of treatment for prostate cancer and a thyroid condition.

The Supreme Court ruled late last week that Morse had not shown that the trial judge arbitrarily failed or refused to perform a duty owed to Morse by refusing to delay imposition of his sentence.

Morse has filed a separate appeal challenging his conviction and sentence.

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