Taliyah Marsman: Crimes involving children especially ‘devastating’ for police, experts say

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WATCH ABOVE: Calgarians are struggling to come to terms with the worst possible outcome to the amber alert. Little Taliyah Marsman was found dead Thursday, a man is now charged with killing her and her mother. There are so many questions that remain, the biggest being “why”. Nancy Hixt reports. – Jul 15, 2016

The search for Taliyah Leigh Marsman, the subject of an Alberta-wide Amber Alert, came to a heart-breaking end Thursday after Calgary police found her body, shattering her family, the community and police officers involved in the investigation.

“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 said during an emotional news conference Thursday night. “Over the last 72 hours we’ve had approximately 100 officers at times working around the clock to find young Taliyah.

“They are completely devastated by the loss, as am I,” he said.

WATCH: Calgary police believe they have found body of Taliyah Marsman

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READ MORE: Body of Taliyah Marsman found, Edward Downey charged with first degree murder

Calgary police charged 46-year-old Edward Delten Downey with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Taliyah Marsman and her mother, Sara Baillie, who was found earlier this week.

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When high-profile missing persons cases end with tragic results, the effect can have a particularly distressing impact on the officers involved, says Dave Perry, a security expert with Investigative Solutions.

“There are dozens if not hundreds of police officers who are devastated this morning as the rest of the community is,” Perry told Global’s the Morning Show. “I can see it in the faces of the officers that were doing the press conferences.”

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Inspector Don Coleman with Calgary Police Services provided daily updates on Marsman’s disappearance since an amber alert was issued early Tuesday morning.

“It’s disappointing for sure,” Coleman told reporters Thursday. “We were hoping for a different outcome and worked hard for that outcome. The family is devastated clearly.”

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He added that based on the investigation it’s believed Taliyah was already dead by the time police had been called by concerned family members.

READ MORE: Who is Edward Downey? Man charged with first degree murder in Taliyah Marsman’s death

Perry, a former Toronto police officer with nearly three decades of experience, said investigations involving the abduction of children can take an physical and emotional toll on police.

“It’s exhausting work they probably have had two or maybe three hours sleep for the past several nights, all of them working very diligently in the hope of returning Taliyah safely to the rest of her family,” Perry said.

“And when that doesn’t happen it is devastating.”

The Marsman case evoked memories of last year’s murder of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, another Amber Alert that captured nation-wide attention and ended tragically.

The executive director of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization that works to raise awareness of the mental health concerns faced by first responders, said these type of crimes are extremely “morally repugnant” for first responders.

“These are the types of calls where you start asking yourself ‘why do bad things always happen to good people?’” said Tema executive director Vince Savoia, “There is no rhyme or reason behind it and it becomes very senseless.”

“When they come across this sort of tragedy it just shatters their world.”

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Police 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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edward Downey. Global News
Global News has learned Edward Downey faces two charges of first-degree murder in relation to Taliyah Leigh Marsman and Sara Baillie's deaths. Global News
Police search a rural area in the disappearance of a five-year-old Calgary girl, Taliyah Marsman, near Chestermere, Alta., Thursday, July 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Amber Alert: Calgary police conduct a ground search for Taliyah Marsman, Thursday, July 14, 2016. Paul MacEachern, Global News
Amber Alert: Calgary police conduct a ground search for Taliyah Marsman, Thursday, July 14, 2016. Paul MacEachern, Global News
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Police search an area east of Calgary in connection with the Taliyah Marsman Amber Alert. Dani Lantela / Global News
Taliyah Leigh Marsman is shown in this handout image provided by the Calgary police. Calgary police have issued an Amber Alert for a five-year-old girl they believe has been abducted. Marsman is described as a mixed-race female with a slim build, brown curly hair and brown eyes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Calgary Police. Calgary Police Service handout

Savoia said these sorts of investigations can  be especially difficult for police and other first-responders with kids.

“Police officers may become more vigilant about the safety of their own children,” he said.

Savoia, a former paramedic and emergency medical dispatcher, remembers after years of responding to emergencies he became increasingly concerned about the safety of his own children.

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“It makes sometimes for very relationship for the first responder and their children,” he said. “Because [first responders] see the underbelly of society. You want to be able to protect your children as much as you can.”

“At times you can actually push your children away and even alienate them.”

WATCH: Trudeau comments on murder of Calgary 5-year-old 

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The Tema website provides several resources for research, and training, as well as a peer and psychological support Canada’s emergency personnel.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all of Canada shares in Calgary’s grief as the city mourns the loss of the five-year-old

“She was a beautiful child, as are all children, with a full and promising life ahead of her,” Trudeau said Friday, speaking to reporters ahead of the Stampede. “I know there were a lot of hearts broken when the news came out and there were so many volunteers and police services involved in trying to help a terrible situation that we all need to take a moment to send our love and hearts out to Taliyah and Sara’s family.”

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