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Officials are desperately searching for a five-year-old girl after her mother was found dead Monday night in their home.
The last time anyone saw Taliyah Leigh Marsman was Sunday. Police responded to the home where the young girl lived with her mother, Sara Baillies, late Monday evening, after Baillies did not show up for work and family members were unable to reach her.
Inside the basement apartment where the two resided, police discovered Baillie’s body. There was no sign of Taliyah.
“Taliyah, honey, if you are watching this, we love you,” Mary-Lynne Hamilton, the girl’s great-aunt, said at a news conference yesterday. “Stay strong, honey.”
Authorities are investigating Baillie’s death as a homicide. There appeared to be no forced entry to the house, according to police. Thursday morning, police announced they had taken a man into custody who "may have been involved" in Taliyah's disappearance, according to CBC. The search for the young girl is now reportedly concentrated in a rural area east of Calgary.
Taliyah’s father, Colin Marsman, who was estranged from Baillie, released a statement Tuesday. He offered his condolences to Baillie's family and pleaded for whoever has Taliyah to “do the right thing.”
“With all my heart, I love her so much; she’s my light! Please allow her to come home to her family,” Marsman’s statement read.
Officials say he is cooperating with the investigation. Marsman and Baillie have a “limited” history of domestic violence, police commented.
Taliyah is described as mixed race, with a slim build, brown curly hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Calgary Police Service at (403) 532-6237.