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Calgary man who killed girlfriend found guilty in her daughter’s death

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WATCH: There was no emotion expressed by the man convicted of the second-degree murder of a little girl he said he loved. On Monday, a Calgary judge found Robert Leeming guilty of killing his girlfriend's 22-month-old daughter Aliyah Sanderson, after already pleaded guilty to murdering of her mother, Jasmine Lovett. Jill Croteau was in the Calgary courtroom for the judge's decision – Jan 24, 2022

A Calgary man who admitted to murdering his former girlfriend was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of her daughter.

Robert Leeming, who is 36, pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to the second-degree murder of Jasmine Lovett in 2019 but not guilty in the death of 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson.

Read more: Calgary medical examiner testifies ‘very unlikely’ Aliyah Sanderson died in accidental fall

His lawyer said during closing arguments in November that there’s no evidence to prove Leeming was responsible for the girl’s death.

Robert Leeming pictured in Calgary in 2019. File/Global News

Leeming testified he was looking after Aliyah when she fell down some stairs, then he found her limp and unresponsive when he checked on her later.

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Fate of accused murderer Robert Leeming now in hands of judge – Nov 2, 2021

He said he snapped when Lovett accused him of doing something to her child and struck her several times with a hammer before coming back with a rifle and shooting her in the head.

Read more: Crown, defence present closing arguments in Calgary court for Leeming murder trial

The bodies of the mother and child were found buried in a shallow grave in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary, in May 2019 after they went missing weeks earlier.

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