Posted: Oct 10, 2012 6:22 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
Updated: Apr 3, 2013 10:48 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We have some new information on the stepmother arrested in connection with the drowning death of 6-year old Taylor Syring.
6 News learned today that she has had multiple run-ins with the law.47-year old Laura Day was arrested yesterday and charged with child endangerment. She was released on a $50,000 bond a few hours later.
According to police, Day told investigators her stepson took off his life jacket while he was playing in shallow water on Friday afternoon. She claims he went under and then surfaced face down in the water.
6 News uncovered a laundry list of crimes including theft, arson, and murder.
It all started in 1982 in California when she was just 17 years old using the name of Laura Lee Feist. Authorities confirmed she was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of her 21-year-old boyfriend James Anthony Kendall. Officials say she was sentenced to 17 years but only served 6.
Then about 10 years later in 1993, she was going by the name of Laura Lee Bush and married a man named Paul Ray Marsden. She was arrested on bigamy charges, charges she plead guilty to.
Then in 1995 authorities say she was convicted of making a fraudulent insurance claim. According to documents we obtained from the Carroll County Circuit Court in Maryland, she reported her car stolen, then burned her car and filed an insurance claim. This act lead to a conviction of arson and giving a false statement to police. In the same year, she was also charged with burglary but convicted of theft for stealing several items from an apartment.
A couple years later in 1998, she showed up in Texas where she married Phillip Day. They divorced in February 2012. In August, she married David Syring the father of the little boy who drowned.
Once we discovered Day's past, we went looking for her. We went to her home, but no one answered.
When we asked family of little Taylor Syring if they knew any of this, his aunt Alissa Strembler said, "No... hell no."
In fact they told me when they heard the news of Laura Lee Day's background, Taylor Syring's mother Kelly broke down.
"My sister can't even talk to anybody," said Strembler.
The family now asks anyone who may have seen anything the day of little Taylor's death to please contact police.
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