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Trial opens for former pediatrician accused of waterboarding companion's 11-year-old daughter

A 12-person jury has been seated at the trial of a former Delaware pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his female companion's 11-year-old daughter by holding her face under a faucet.

Eight women and four men were chosen Monday for the trial of 60-year-old Melvin Morse. He was arrested in 2012 after the girl told investigators he subjected her to "waterboarding" several times by holding her face under running water.

Morse has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and assault charges.

Waterboarding, which critics call torture, simulates drowning. It has been used in the past by U.S. interrogators on terror suspects.

Morse has authored several books on paranormal science and near-death experiences involving children, appearing on such shows as "Larry King Live" and the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to discuss his research.

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