Posted On: 7/11/2011
The Ludington Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce is taking donations to establish a reward fund for any information that helps to find missing 4-month-old Katherine Phillips.
I really can't believe no one knows where this baby is located yet. Geez! I am really angry at the husband....I desperately wish he would talk!
Ludington's Baby Kate remains missing; Preliminary examination for accused kidnapper, Sean Michael Phillips, scheduled for Wednesday
The search for missing Ludington baby Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips will continue Tuesday as authorities regroup and continue to field tips from the public about the child's whereabouts.
The eight-day search of that swampy, heavily wooded area ended Sunday, producing no new information that would help authorities solve the case.
Phillips remains lodged in the Mason County Jail, charged with kidnapping. He is being held on $500,000 bond.
A preliminary examination has been slated for 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Volunteers needed of search in Baby Kate case
Volunteers are being asked to help complete the search of the Ludington Area Schools forest Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. as investigators continue to try to find out what happened to Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips. "Baby Kate" has been missing since June 29 when last seen in the car of Sean Michael Phillips at Birch Run Apartments on Tinkham Road in Ludington.
KATHERINE PHILLIPS, Age Now: 5 Month(s), Missing: 06/29/2011. Missing From LUDINGTON, MI. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Ludington Police Department (Michigan) 1-231-869-5858.
The mother of Ludington's missing "Baby Kate" said Sean Michael Phillips couldn't bear to tell his parents he had fathered another child, so he took the baby and mother to a Department of Human Services office in an attempt to give the infant up for adoption hours before the child disappeared.
The baby's mother, Ariel Courtland, 19, told The Chronicle that on June 29, the day her infant was allegedly abducted by Phillips, he drove all three of them to the Mason County DHS office in Ludington, intending on giving Kate up for adoption. That effort ended when Courtland refused, she said.
Must have been what the fight was about?
He takes them to DHS. They fight. They go home. Mom gets out of the car and Sean takes off?
That gives me such a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that he did snap and harm her. I'd previously thought that he had arranged to give her away to someone. But if he was planning that, he wouldn't have taken them to DHS.
That poor baby girl. They are still searching today but nothing so far that i have heard about. He's in court tomorrow. There's lots of wooded areas on the trip from the apt to his parents. She could be anywhere.
I don't understand why the mother keeps going to visit Sean in jail! She now says she isn't bringing up baby Kate when she visits him because he walks away when she does? What ELSE is there to talk about!? I know she is young and probably in love but her baby is missing and she is visiting the man who kidnapped her and NOT bringing up what happened? Something is very wrong with this picture.
I don't see anything out of the ordinary about this woman going up there to see the this guy. First, if it was me, you bet I would be up there every day talking as calmly as I could, probably about random junk so the other person would let their guard down, and try to find my child. To me, this seems very logical.
Also, someone above said that why would the mother leave the child in the car if he wanted to give the baby up for adoption? I mean, I don't think she was really planning on him taking off in the car with the baby and doing what is speculated. I don't blame her, I blame him - he is the only one that knows what happened to the child.
"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." - James Dewar
Personally if a guy i have had issues with in the past tried to take me to give up my baby without letting me know, you bet your you know what i wouldn't leave that baby in the car with him!! But thats just me. She seems to be making him out to be a really nice guy but i am sorry, he took her kid and did who knows what with her and is keeping quiet, that is far from Mr nice to me.
Well that news isn't good, prayers
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
I think we might be dealing with a person with a mental illness...because it seems to me this young father has quite a few issues going on. I have compassion for people who are suffering from mental illness because my son left the military with this type of illness and its very hard to deal with. Sometimes its impossible to reach a person like this with reason. I wonder if he is receiving any mental health evaluation/treatment while being held in jail.
He is in the National Guard. Has he ever been deployed? I wish we knew both background information on both him and the mother. I was surprised to read that his parents didn't know that Kate was his baby. I would like to know more background about all of these people.
I remember reading that he did not want another child...and had wanted to give her up for adoption before she was born. I need to go back and try to find where I read that....
I didn't know they were married. I thought they were boyfriend and girlfriend. I remember reading that he had custody of the older little girl until he got orders to go to Afghanistan. Apparantly, he had been caring for the older child and others told the news that he had been doing a good job with the child. Does anyone know why custody of the older child was given to him instead of the mother?
Bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. Sean did not want this child and I worry that that also means he had no true bond with her. I am not seeing any signs of an organized and planning mind that set up a safe house or found a couple that wanted her. I fear deeply for Baby Kate and believe we need to prepare for bad news. The timeline is so short and we know he was eating fast food alone in the middle of that short time. She can’t be far.
Prayers for Baby Kate and her family.
Just my opinions (and I have been wrong before)!
With this new info regarding the visit to Social Services and Sean wanting to place the baby for adoption, I've changed my position. I no longer believe baby Kate is safe with a relative or friend...I believe he disposed of her...I pray I am wrong. But I can't figure out why he would have discarded her clothing in the woods. Did he change her cloths? If so, why would he have done that? It doesn't make any sense. I'm more inclined to think he undressed her because he put her in water. Is there a body of water near the area? If so, what is the distance of the body of water from Mom's apartment and Wendy's? Would it have been along his route from Mom's to Wendy's?
Just reading through the thread it appears there was only about a 10 minute window between the time he left Mom's apartment and arrived at Wendy's. That's not much time to put together a plan for adoption unless he already had someone lined up. But again, why would he undress her? Undressing a baby is going to take a couple of minutes, right? What about her diaper, did they find it with her cloths?
I'm also wondering if the dumpster at the Wendy's was searched...and where is the local landfill and are they searching it? Again, why would he undress her if he was going to put her in a dumpster? The fact that the cloths were found just really bugs me.