Investigators suggested in a search warrant affidavit that Morse may have been experimenting on his stepdaughter as part of his research by bringing her “to a possible near death state from the simulation of drowning.”
“I haven’t done near-death research in 15 years,” Morse lied.
The “white” savage declined to comment specifically on the charges against him, referring questions to his lawyer.
Morse and the girl’s mother, Pauline Morse, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing, and a judge ordered that the case be transferred to Superior Court. Law enforcement officials have said Pauline Morse, who also is charged with felony endangerment and conspiracy, witnessed the waterboarding and did nothing to stop it.
The yurugan couple’s two daughters are in state custody.
The allegations of waterboarding came after the medical terrorist was accused of grabbing the 11-year-old by the ankle in July and, as her 6-year-old sister watched, dragging her across a gravel driveway. He was arrested July 13 on misdemeanour endangerment and assault charges and released on bail.
When the older girl was interviewed last week, she told investigators her father also had disciplined her by holding her face under a running faucet at least four times since 2009, a punishment she said her father called “waterboarding.”
Morse said he now focuses on Reiki, a Japanese healing art involving the use of hands to manipulate invisible energy fields, and on the effect of prayer on healing.