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Jun 10, 2013 1:23 PM by Ben Lloyd - blloyd@kristv.com

Beach Visitor Testifies He Never Saw Laura Day in Distress

CORPUS CHRISTI - The husband of Laura Day continued his testimony today in her capital murder trial for the drowning death of 6-year-old Taylor Syring. According to police, Taylor Syring was pronounced dead on Friday, October 5th shortly after his stepmother, Day, showed up at the hospital.

David Syring told the court last week that his wife had not told him beforehand she intended to head to the beach with his son after she picked him up from school for a weekend visit. During that court session, Syring said he would have trusted her to take her stepson to the beach. This morning, he said he would have told her not to take him to the beach. Syring told the court he though about his police interview over the weekend and realized he told officers he would have told her not to take the boy to the beach.

Under questioning from the prosecution, David Syring said his wife did call to tell him there had been an accident, but provided no further details before she disconnected the call. The hospital called Syring back to let him know he needed to get to the hospital immediately.

Syring also admitted that Day had advised him not to speak with police about the drowning and had asked him to speak to several people expected to be called as witnesses if the case went to trial.

According to the father, he and his new wife were working on getting full custody of Taylor with the intention of moving away.

Also on the witness stand this morning was Rene Ruiz. While not a witness to the boy's drowning, Ruiz says he did see Day on the beach near Bob Hall Pier on October 5th. Ruiz says he saw Day with Taylor near the water, but claims she never appeared in distress as she left the beach.

He further stated Day waved 'Hello' and smiled as she drove past. Ruiz claims she never screamed or asked for help. He did not see the woman again until news reports on the drowning some time later, at which time his wife insisted he contact the police about what he saw.

Prosecutors are pursuing charges of child endangerment, injury to a child, and capital murder against Laura Day. She faces up to life in prison without parole if convicted.

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