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Jun 11, 2013 12:53 PM

Drowning Expert's Opinion: Taylor Syring Death Looks Like Homicide

CORPUS CHRISTI - Testimony in the trial of Laura Day continued today with a drowning expert taking the stand to present her findings on the death of 6-year-old Taylor Syring.

Syring's stepmother Laura Days is on trial for capital murder, child endangerment and injury to a child for the boy's death on October 5, 2012.

Prosecutors called Andrea Zaferes to talk about her experience teaching people how to perform water rescues and what water does to a submerged body. Zaferes has told the court she believes Syring's death is a case of homicide.

In her testimony late Monday afternoon Zaferes told the court she first heard about the case from an online news article. She mentioned several 'red flags' in the accounts of what happened, including the fact that 911 was not called when Taylor was found unconscious and that the stepmother drove him to the nearest hospital instead of seeking help from someone closer.

Zafares says her examination of information in this case indicates there was a low tide at the time of the drowning and in order for the boy to be out in chest deep water he would have had to go out 100 feet off the beach.

She also testified that as a certified diver and someone trained in CPR, Laura Day would know the first thing you do in a drowning case is call 911.

Zafares mentioned that there are few signs of panic in Day's actions after she said she found Taylor in the surf. For instance, police say the stepmother loades up her car of all personal items before leaving the beach. Taylor was not wearing his swim cap or ear plugs when taken to the hospital that afternoon.

Defense attorneys questioned Zafares about her observations about the conditions at the beach. She says Day incorrectly indicated which way Taylor's body moved when she found him. According to police, Day said Taylor went under then came back up floating in the water to the right of where she was on the beach. Zaferes says it would have taken hours, if not weeks, before the boyd would have floated to the surface after sinking. Plus, the direction of the tide would have taken a body to Day's left.

Defense attorney Les Cassidy says it is possible Day was simply 'turned around' when giving her statement to police. Cassidy also questioned Zaferes on whether most drownings are accidental, which she replied "yes", she further stated that most child drownings are the result of negligence.

All of the witnesses called so far in the case are part of the prosecution's side of the trial. The state wrapped up their presentations this afternoon. It's not known if Laura Day will testify in her own defense.

Catch up on all the prior testimony in the case here -

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