Calgary family, police ‘devastated’ as charges laid in deaths of Taliyah Marsman, mother

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The body of five-year-old Calgary girl Taliyah Marsman has been found days after her mother was discovered dead.  Police later charged 46-year-old Edward Downey with two counts of first-degree murder.  “We are very saddened to be announcing today that we believe we have found the body of five-year-old Taliyah Marsman,” Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin told a news conference Thursday night.  He said the discovery has been a brutal blow both to the girl’s family and the roughly 100 officers who have been working nonstop to find her since Monday night. That’s when her mother, Sara Baillie, was discovered slain in a basement suite the two shared in the city’s northwest. “They are completely devastated by the loss, as am I,” Chaffin said.  Taliyah’s body was found just after 7 p.m. MT Thursday about eight kilometres east of Calgary, Insp. Don Coleman said.   Downey known to family, police say.  Downey was charged by police a few hours later, saying he was the same man who had been taken into custody the previous night.

Police said Downey was known to both victims and Taliyah’s father, Colin Marsman, who was Baillie’s estranged common-law partner.  Downey has an “extensive criminal history at play” and had shown “limited co-operation” with police, Coleman said.

Police didn’t offer an alleged motive. “That’s something we still have to figure out,” Coleman said. When asked whether police were looking at any other suspects, Coleman replied: “At this point, Mr. Downey is our only suspect.” Downey, who also goes by Simmonds, is scheduled to appear in court July 20. He will remain in custody until that date. He was also ordered to have no contact with the girl’s father.

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