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After Hearing, Baby’s Disappearance Still A Mystery

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Katherine Phillips (Courtesy: Ludington Police Department)

Katherine Phillips (Courtesy: Ludington Police Department)

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LUDINGTON (WWJ/AP) – A court hearing didn’t offer answers about the whereabouts of a 5-month-old girl who has been missing since late June in western Michigan.

Sean Phillips was in a Ludington courtroom on Wednesday for a preliminary examination in the disappearance of Katherine Phillips, who last was seen in June 29. A judge ruled there was enough evidence for him to stand trial on a kidnapping charge.

The case now moves to Circuit Court in Mason County.

Defense lawyer Annette Smedley asked for lower bond, but the request was denied. The 21-year-old Phillips remains jailed.

Katherine lived with her mother, 19-year-old Ariel Courtland, at an apartment in Ludington. Courtland said her daughter was in the car when Phillips, who is thought to be the baby’s father, drove off from her apartment. The baby was not with Phillips when he was arrested at his parent’s house, a short time after an Amber Alert was issued for Katherine.

Extensive searches still haven’t turned up the girl, although police have located the clothing she was last seen wearing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858. Persons wishing to provide information anonymously can call Silent Observer at 888-786-7274.  Anonymous information can also be provided at www.lsotip.com or by texting “LSOTIP” and your tip to 274637.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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