Laura Lee Day, Wicked Stepmother, Charged in Connection with Drowning of 6-Year-Old Stepson

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"She did nothing to help my child," said Kelly Syring, Taylor's mom. "I think she let my child die."

Evidently Corpus cops think there is at least some merit to that way of thinking, because Day was charged with child endangerment that same day. And now they are investigating Day further and finding some very dark and troubling secrets buried in her past.

According to The Baltimore Sun, in 1982, when Day was 17, living in Orange County, California, and known by her maiden name of Laura Lee Feist, she shot and killed her boyfriend before turning the gun on herself. News accounts at the time said that her motive was to see to it that they would be buried together.

She was still carrying a bullet in her shoulder from that incident 11 years later, and by that time, she had also served six years of a 17-year sentence for her second-degree murder conviction.

By the early 1990s, she had put the Golden State in her rearview, and found her way to Baltimore. Thanks to a psychology degree she earned in prison, she found a job as a counselor in a suburban hospital. She reportedly found that position overly stressful and quit.

Soon after that, she was dancing in a nightclub in South Baltimore, and she got married twice. Unfortunately she did not get a divorce between those two marriages, and in 1993 Laura Lee Marsden/Bush was convicted of bigamy and sentenced to six months probation and ordered into counseling. (Police believed she was married to a third man at the same time, though it was not proven in court.)

Two years after that, she got nabbed for torching her brand-new Mitsubishi and attempting to collect the insurance money. At the time of her arrest, police also found in her possession a $3,000 engagement ring and some treasured Dallas Cowboys commemorative plaques, all stolen from her neighbors. Again the judge was lenient, suspending all but six months of her five-year burglary term and two-year malicious burning term.

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John Nova Lomax
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