(Associated Press) A former Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his female companion’s daughter by holding her face under a faucet terrorized the girl for several years and exercised total control over her, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

In opening statements in the trial of Melvin Morse, deputy attorney general Melanie Withers portrayed Morse as a brutal and domineering “lord and master” of his household, abusing the girl for years while her mother acquiesced in silence.

“The defendant controlled every single aspect of that child’s life, including whether she had the right to draw breath,” Withers told jurors.

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