Missing Michigan baby, Baby Kate, is in a “peaceful place,” today, or at least this is what the baby’s father said in a letter to her mother last year. In a news conference on Friday, police announced that they filed an open murder charge against the missing Michigan baby's father, Sean Phillips, according to M Live on Oct. 4.
Phillips was arraigned via videoconference with Magistrate Patricia Baker on Friday. He is currently serving 10-15 years on unlawful imprisonment charges in Baby Kate’s disappearance. Katherine Phillips was four when she went missing almost two years ago. Ariel Cortland, Baby Kate’s mother last saw her daughter in the back seat of Phillips’ car in a car seat.
Phillips’, who is currently in prison for unlawful imprisonment of Baby Kate, wrote a letter to Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland, last year. In this letter he suggested that Kate is in a “peaceful place.” This led police to believe that Phillips dumped his daughter's body somewhere he deemed as “peaceful.”
Police report at the news conference that new evidence has been brought to light in this case. This is what led police to arrest Phillips on an open murder charge. What that new evidence is, police would not divulge, but they seem to think they are on the right track with the arrest.
Just hours after the child was reported missing by her mother, Phillips was found, but he didn’t have Kate with him. He had her car seat, her diaper bag, which were found in his car. Baby Kate's clothes were found on Phillips, they were inside-out and balled-up in his pocket.
It was at this time that seeds and other material found in the environment, like grasses and moss, were collected from Phillips’ shoes. These pieces of evidence may lead investigators to Baby Kate’s body, along with the unknown new evidence police mentioned they now had.