Man charged in deaths of mother and girl has record of trafficking, prostitution

olice search in a canola field in a rural area in the disappearance of a five-year-old Calgary girl, Taliyah Marsman, near Chestermere, Alta., Thursday, July 14, 2016.
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CALGARY - A man charged in the deaths of a Calgary mother and her five-year-old daughter has a criminal record dating back nearly 20 years.

Court records show Edward Delten Downey was convicted in 2008 of trafficking cocaine and possession of an unauthorized firearm, and was sentenced to at least two years.

Downey, who also went by the last name Simmonds, was earlier sentenced to 18 months for aiding in prostitution in 1998.

Police charged the 46-year-old late Thursday with first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie, who was 34, and her daughter Taliyah Marsman.

Baillie was found in their home on Monday and, after an Amber Alert was issued, the child's body was discovered on a rural property on Thursday.

Police have said Downey knew the victims' family and is not allowed to contact the girl's father, Colin Marsman.


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