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Amber Alert Issued For 5-Year-Old After Mom Found Dead

| by David Bonner
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An Amber Alert was issued on July 12 for Taliyah Leigh Marsman, a 5-year-old Canadian girl from Calgary, Alberta.

Taliyah’s mother, Sara Baillie, was found dead in her home on July 11, reports the Calgary Herald. Family members contacted police after being unable to reach Baillie.

Taliyah, whose whereabouts remain unknown as of July 13, is described as being of mixed race, with a slim build, curly hair and blue eyes.

Baillie worked at the Chili’s Texas Grill at the Calgary International Airport, according to her coworkers who spoke to the Herald.

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Baillie's death is being treated as a homicide by Calgary police, though the results of the July 12 autopsy have not yet been revealed.  

Insp. Don Coleman said nobody has been ruled out as a suspect and is encouraging the public to provide tips.

"Somebody out there knows where Taliyah is, and that person or those people need to do the right thing," he said, according to the Herald. "Step up and make that happen."

Coleman added that police have spoken to Taliyah’s father, Colin Marsman (also known as Colin Paris), who is said to be “estranged” from his wife and is cooperating with the investigation.  

The inspector noted that there is a limited history of domestic violence involving the parents. According to court documents, in February 2015, Colin was charged with unlawful confinement and intimidation after he allegedly prevented Baillie from using her cellphone to report an incident between them.

The charges were dropped in March 2015, with Colin agreeing to have no contact with Baillie, with the exception of being permitted to text Baillie in order to have access to Taliyah through a third party.

He was also ordered to undergo counseling and treatment for substance abuse, domestic violence and anger management, and was banned from buying, possessing, using or consuming intoxicating substances of any kind.

Colin’s girlfriend, Jessica Mardinger, vouched for him, writing in a message to the Herald that “Colin loves Taliyah,” and was in “so much pain” over the missing status of his daughter.

Baillie’s landlord, Olumuyiwa Dada, told the newspaper that the mother and daughter moved in on May 1 and described them as very good tenants. He added that he was shocked by the news of the alleged murder and the disappearance of the young girl.

The Amber Alert extends throughout the Alberta province, though there’s no evidence that Taliyah is outside of Calgary, according to police.

“We’re not ruling out any possibilities, including that she may be in the care of somebody right now and been dropped off and that person or those people may not know what’s transpired,” said Coleman.

“Our primary focus is the safe return of Taliyah,” he added.

Anyone with information is asked to call 403-532-6237.

According to the Canadian government's "Canada's Missing" report, there were 45,288 reports of missing children in 2015. Of those kids, a majority (76 percent) turned out to be runaways. Less than 1 percent were abducted by a stranger, abducted by a relative, or presumed dead.

Sources: Calgary Herald, Canada's Missing / Photo Credit: Calgary Police Service via People

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