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Calgary woman charged with manslaughter in boyfriend's death

More than a year after her boyfriend's death, Mae Tallow, 29, has been charged with manslaughter.

Benjamin Rain, 29, died in February 2019 after 'violent domestic incident,' police say

More than 15 months after Benjamin Rain was found in medical distress at a CTrain station, his girlfriend has been charged in his death. (Evelyne Asselin/CBC)

More than a year after her boyfriend's death, a Calgary woman has been charged with manslaughter.

Mae Tallow, 29, was arrested Tuesday, according to a Calgary Police Service release issued Wednesday.

Benjamin Rain, 29, died after being found passed out at the Heritage CTrain station on Feb. 7, 2019, around 10 p.m., police said. Officials now believe he was the victim of a "violent domestic incident."

Police say officers found him in medical distress. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

A woman, whom police did not identify, was found passed out next to him, and was also taken to hospital but was "soon released," the statement said.

Detectives came to believe he had suffered a "violent domestic incident" after they investigated and reviewed medical evidence from the autopsy, police said.

"In complex cases like this one, it can take a while to gather the evidence needed to piece together what happened," homicide unit Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm said in the statement. "Hopefully this can bring some closure to Mr. Rain's family."

In the release, police called Rain's death a "domestic homicide." Officials noted that the majority of domestic violence victims are women, with men making up roughly one in five in Calgary.

They urged anyone experiencing domestic abuse to ask for help and noted that harmful behaviour can worsened over time.

Those needing support can reach out to the provincial domestic conflict helpline by calling 211 or the Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network at 1-877-237-5888 for sexual abuse or 403-234-7233 for domestic abuse.

People can also call police for non-emergencies at 403-266-1234 or 911 if they're in immediate danger.

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