Posted: Jun 6, 2013 12:46 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jun 13, 2013 10:44 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Testimony resumed this morning in the capital murder trial of Laura Day. She's charged with capital murder, child endangerment and injury to a child for the drowning death of her 6-year-old stepson Taylor Syring last October. If convicted, she faces up to life in prison without parole. Judge Bobby Galvan is not allowing cameras in the courtroom during trial testimony.
Today, prosecutors showed the jury video of Taylor in a swimming pool with a life jacket on. His biological mother was brought to tears as she watched the video of her son trying to learn how to swim.
Prosecutors say the stepmother, Laura Day, allowed the boy to go swimming out on the beach near Bob Hall Pier without a life jacket even though he was still learning how to swim.
Half of Day's police interrogation video was played for the court before a break for lunch today. Day is seen with her head down as she spoke with CCPD Detective Michael Isle.
She told the detective her husband David had asked her to pick up the boy from school on October 5th. Day says she took him to Jamba Juice and then McDonald's before he asked to go to the beach.
Day told the detective she never goes to the beach, but thought it would be a fun trip with her stepson. She put on Taylor's life jacket, some ear plugs, and a cap for his head before going into the water with him. Day says Taylor asked to take off his life jacket.
She said she went into the water with Taylor at first, but got out because she thought he was a good swimmer. Day told the detective she was laying down on the beach watching him play. Some time later she went to check on him, could see him at first, then found him floating on his back.
During the interview, Day told detectives she was not doing anything that would distract her from watching Taylor swimming in the surf.
Day said Taylor was not breathing so she put him in the car and rushed to the hospital. The 13 mile drive from the beach to Bay Area Hospital took Day past a fire station, three medical clinics and a police substation in Flour Bluff. Bay Area is the closest hospital to the beach.
The fire station is not visible from the highway, the clinics were closed at the time, and the police substation is roughly a mile down Waldron Road. A detective testified that it concerned him Day did not try to call 911 and did not attempt to stop at any of the locations during the trip to the hospital.
Reporter Caroline Flores will continue with her live updates from the courtroom Friday morning on KRISTV.com and KZTV10.com.
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