A frantic search is underway in Calgary, Canada for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing since yesterday, after her mother was found dead in their home.
Police responded to a house in Panorama Hills last night around 8 PM, after receiving calls from family members that Sara Baillie had not shown up to work and wasn’t answering phone calls. When police entered the home, they found Baillie deceased and her daughter, 5-year-old Taliyah Marsman, nowhere to be found.
Police would not say how Baillie had died, but they are investigating the death as a homicide.
A province-wide alert has been issued for Taliyah, a mixed race female with brown curly hair and blue-green eyes. Taliyah’s family pleaded with her abductor on Tuesday:
Police told reporters that there was a history of domestic violence calls to the house involving Baillie and her estranged husband, 36-year-old Colin Marsman, but said Marsman is cooperating with the investigation.
Last March, Marsman had been charged with intimidation and unlawful confinement, but the charges were withdrawn when a peace bond was ordered. (Note: In Canadian law, a peace bond is an order from a criminal court that requires a person to keep the peace and be on good behaviour for a period of time. This essentially means that the person who signs a peace bond must not be charged with any additional criminal offences during its duration. Source: LawFacts.ca)
Police say they are not convinced that Taliyah was taken by a stranger, and that there were no signs of forced entry.
According to the owner of the home where Baillie and Taliyah lived, they had recently moved into the basement suite of the home.
I’ll keep updating as more info comes in.
UPDATE: 7/13/16 10:09 AM CST
Taliyah’s father, Colin Marsman, has released a statement:
“With all my heart, I love her sooo much; she is my light! Please allow her to come home to her family. Those who know me best, know the person and kind of father I am, and know more than anything, I just want my baby girl back.”