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Trial of former pediatrician accused of waterboarding companion's daughter winding down

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Jurors are awaiting closing arguments in the trial of a former pediatrician accused of waterboarding his longtime companion's daughter by holding her head under a faucet.

Attorneys are expected to give closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the trial of 60-year-old Melvin Morse.

Morse is being tried for endangerment and assault and faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Morse says the allegation of waterboarding was his attempt to help the girl wash her hair.

The girl, now 12, and her mother have testified that Morse used hair-washing as a threat or punishment.

The allegations came to light after the girl ran away to a classmate's home in 2012. According to testimony, the classmate's mother called police because the girl was disheveled and showed up unexpectedly.

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