Posted: Oct 9, 2012 12:38 PM by Janine Reyes - email@example.com
Updated: Oct 9, 2012 1:02 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are still investigating the drowning death of a 6-year old boy out near Bob Hall Pier last Friday. According to police, the child's stepmother took him to the beach and let him take off his life jacket in shallow water.
The stepmother told investigators the boy disappeared and then resurfaced face down in the water. Instead of calling 9-1-1, the she rushed the boy to Bay Area Hospital some 12 miles away.
Doctors worked for half an hour in an attempt to save Taylor Syring's life, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. The boy's death has left his biological mother heartbroken.
Kelly Syring says her son was "never afraid, and he loved church, I guess he was strong." She says ever since he was a baby Taylor loved the water. Kelly tells us she just took the boy to the beach herself a couple of weeks ago and warned him about straying into the water.
"He loved the water, he had no fear, he would go out as far as I would let him," the mother said.
Last Friday she agreed to let her ex-husband pick Taylor up from school, even though it was not his designated day to be with the boy. Since their divorce in April, Taylor has not spent much time with his dad. So when he asked Kelly didn't really think twice, "because I knew Taylor really wanted to spend time with his dad."
Now it's a decision that will weigh in her mind forever. Kelly says she was at work Friday afternoon when she got the call any mother would dread. She rushed to Bay Area Hospital, where doctors said they tried reviving Taylor for 30 minutes. She arrived to find him dead and covered in sand.
This grieving mom is desperate for answers. She and police are asking any witnesses to come forward with any details on what they may have seen on the beach that afternoon around 6:00 p.m.
"When I asked her why she didn't call 911, she said because where we were at it would have taken them too long to get there," Kelly said.
No matter what the circumstances are behind Taylor's death, Kelly says Taylor's stepmom has left her broken hearted. "She took, she took my baby, she took my heart, she took everything. That's the one thing in this world that I, that I..."
As of Monday afternoon there autopsy results were not available.
The family has set up an account for donations at First National Bank and First Convenience Bank. If you'd like to contribute, ask for the Taylor Syring memorial fund.
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