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Mother testifies in Delaware waterboarding case

Updated Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 | 10:22 a.m.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A Delaware woman whose longtime companion is accused of waterboarding her daughter by holding the child's head under a faucet says the couple used the term jokingly for hair washing.

Pauline Morse also said Friday under cross-examination by attorneys for 60-year-old Melvin Morse that the alleged waterboarding usually lasted less than a minute.

She also reiterated that she witnessed only one such incident.

Melvin Morse, a former pediatrician, is accused of endangerment and assault and could get more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

As she did a day earlier, Pauline Morse was forced to admit several contradictions in her testimony and in statements she's given to authorities.

Melvin Morse, who has researched near-death experiences involving children, denies police claims that he may have been experimenting on the girl.