Posted: Jun 13, 2013 4:40 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Jun 13, 2013 11:05 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - With the capital murder trial of Laura Day now over the mother of the boy who drowned while in the stepmother's care is thanking the community.
We've also learned Kelly Syring has filed a wrongful death suit against Day seeking one million dollars in damages. Those who watched the trial very closely may recall prosecutors presenting internet searches made by Day after her stepson's death. One of the search strings was 'wrongful death lawsuit' - meaning she knew this was coming.
Yesterday, a jury found Day guilty of capital murder, injury to a child, and child endangerment. She received the mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole for the death of six year old Taylor.
"I can spend all day telling you about Taylor," Kelly Syring tells us. "He would crawl in bed and curl up next to me and play with my hair."
For days, Kelly Syring sat and watched as witnesses and experts testified in the capital murder trial. The evidence presented by the prosecution included a recording of Laura Day talking to her husband from jail.
"I'm so excited about our new life together. It's already starting I feel. I do. I feel that. I feel like everything's falling into place like it should. Everything's happening like it's supposed to," she's heard saying.
Taylor's mother told us today she wasn't worried about getting child support or her ex-husband back. "You could have had David. I didn't want him. You leave me and my kids alone."
The last time she saw her son alive will forever stay in her memory. "The day he died, I dropped him off at school. He didn't want me to go to work and he said, you know, 'I need hugs and kiss.' and so I gave him hugs and kiss and he said, 'I need more hugs and kiss.' and so of course I gave him extra hugs and kisses."
That afternoon, Laura Day picked Taylor up from school, got some snacks, then headed to the beach. A few hours later, Day showed up at Bay Area Hospital with his lifeless body. She never called 911 and, according to jurors, did not do enough to prevent his death after he was found in the surf.
Syring says she knows her son felt her love and doesn't regret anything - just the day his dad let Laura Day take Taylor to the beach.
"What person in their right mind would say, 'OK I know you've murdered somebody before in the past but you know what? Take my son. I'm going to let you care for him.'"
Kelly Syring says she forgave Laura Day, but has pity for her. "She's going to have to face God one day. I don't want to be in those shoes."
She also says she'll never forget her 6-year-old son and will forever be grateful for prayers and support she has received from this community.
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