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Updated: Father charged with murder in Baby Kate case
LUDINGTON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An open murder charge is being brought against the father of Baby Kate.
It's been more than two years since little Katherine Phillips vanished in Ludington.
Her body has never been found, but police believe she was killed and that her father, Sean Phillips, is responsible.
It was June of 2011 when four-month-old Katherine Phillips, or Baby Kate, disappeared. Massive search parties were held in and around Ludington, but the little girl was never found.
Her father, Sean Phillips, was the last one seen with her.
In April of 2012, after a very emotional trial, he was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment in the case.
While he wasn't charged with Baby Kate's death, police believe she was killed and that Phillips is responsible.
Earlier this year investigators announced a lead they had hoped would bring them closer to finding the Kate's body.
They were hoping seeds, soil and moss found on the bottom of Sean Phillips shoes would lead them to the baby.
Police say that material they found on his shoes is pretty rare and only found in a few spots in the Ludington area. Investigators went back out in June of this year with plant experts. It was exactly two years after Baby Kate went missing. They were hoping it would find the girl's body.
"Since Mr. Phillips was convicted of Unlawful Imprisonment of Baby Kate in 2012, Detectives Tom Posma, Mike Kenney, and JB Wells have spent countless hours continuing their investigation which began on June 29, 2011, the date that Katherine Phillips was last seen," said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. "This continuing investigation has included review of biological evidence, site visits, and the enlistment of experts from all over the world who are preeminent in their fields. It is the objective of this prosecution to finally do justice for Baby Kate. The investigators and the local law enforcement community, and myself, are grateful for the assistance of the Attorney General for providing Assistant Attorney General Donna Pendergast and additional resources to assist local officials in this prosecution."
Phillips is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge Friday afternoon.