Father of “Missing Michigan Baby” Now Faces Murder Charges
[caption id="attachment_71509" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Michigan Department of Attorney General/Associated Press - This undated booking photo released by the Michigan Department of Attorney General shows Sean Phillips. Phillips, 23, has been charged with killing his infant daughter, Katherine Phillips, who was 4½ months old when last seen in the Ludington, Mich., area more than two years ago, prosecutors said Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.[/caption]23-year-old Sean Phillips is currently serving a 10 to 15 year prison sentence for the unlawful imprisonment of his baby daughter Katherine Phillips who went missing back in 2011. At the time, Phillips was denying the child was his in order to avoid years of child support payments. A judge ordered a paternity test to be administered and little baby Kate went missing shortly thereafter.
Phillips was accused of kidnapping his daughter and sentenced for that crime. However, prosecutors now believe they have sufficient evidence to charge him with her murder following a letter he wrote to the girl's mother where he confessed to her that he killed the baby in an accident. Phillips says he pulled the child's car seat out of the car in an agitated motion causing the baby to be ejected onto the ground suffering trauma. He believes the baby might have lived had he taken her to the hospital but he chose not to and she died. He deposited her in what he said was a "peaceful place".
Despite not finding the body, prosecutors will now seek a first or second degree murder charge. The infant's mother, Ariel Courtland put on a display of reconciliation with him and accepted his proposal for marriage all for the express purpose of extracting information from him on the baby's whereabouts. Her unconventional crime solving procedure appears to have paid off.
Missing Michigan Baby Kate: Father Sean Phillips Now Faces Murder Charge (VIDEO, PHOTO)