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West Michigan Dad Guilty In Daughter’s Disappearance

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Sean Phillips (credit: Ludington Police Dept.)

Sean Phillips (credit: Ludington Police Dept.)

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LUDINGTON (WWJ/AP) – A jury has convicted a West Michigan father of unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance of his baby daughter.

The Mason County Circuit Court jury in Ludington on Friday returned the verdict against Sean Phillips on the charge, also known as secret confinement. Deliberations began Thursday in the case following a nearly two-week trial.

Phillips faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced.

Katherine Phillips was 4 1/2 months old when she last was seen June 29, 2011. She lived with her mother Ariel Courtland 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, however, find her clothing in Phillips’ shorts pocket.

Phillips’ lawyer has said he’d been cooperative with police.

Anyone with information about what happened to Katherine is asked to contact Mason-Oceana 911 at (231) 869-5858.

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