Trial Of Missing Baby’s Father Set For April

LUDINGTON (WWJ/AP) – The trial of a West Michigan father in the disappearance of his baby daughter has been rescheduled for April.

The Ludington Daily News reports 21-year-old Sean Phillips of Victory Township is scheduled to go on trial April 16 in Mason County Circuit Court in Ludington, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. The charges are unlawful imprisonment and parental kidnapping.

Earlier scheduled trial dates were postponed.

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Katherine Phillips (Courtesy: Ludington Police Department)

Katherine Phillips was 4 1/2 months old when she last was seen June 29, 2011, with Phillips. Katherine lived with her mother Ariel Courtland at an apartment in Ludington, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. According to police, Courtland and Phillips had a dispute before he took the child.

Courtland has said Phillips told her that Katherine is still alive, but extensive searches haven’t turned up the girl. Police did find the clothing she was last seen wearing.

Anyone with information about what happened to Katherine is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at (231) 869-5858. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call Silent Observer at (888) 786-7274.

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