Stepmom charged after boy drowns at beach

January 18, 2013 3:38:38 PM PST
A South Texas woman convicted three decades ago of killing her boyfriend in California has been indicted on a capital murder charge after her 6-year-old stepson drowned during a beach outing.

Court records indicate a Nueces County grand jury on Thursday indicted 47-year-old Laura Lee Day of Corpus Christi.

Her lawyers said Friday they were surprised by the capital murder charge and did not think her 1982 second-degree murder conviction figured. She was also convicted in 1993 of bigamy in Maryland.

Day could face execution if convicted in the Oct. 5 death of Taylor Syring. Police say Day told them she let the boy remove his life jacket while swimming alone in shallow water as she watched him.

Take ABC13 with you!
Download our free apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices