Find Madeleine
Welcome to the Find Madeleine forum!

This is a private forum. All new members are requested to make at least ONE post within a week of your account being activated. The Find Madeleine forum staff have taken these steps in order to safeguard our forum and its members using it.

You may want to do this in the Introduce Yourself area or during a chat in The Fireplace Chat area. There are plenty of places to post, even if it is just a hello message. Posting at least ONE message will let us know that you wish to keep your account. We fully understand that some members do not have the time to post on a regular basis but we feel this is a very reasonable request.

Any accounts that remains at 0 posts after one week will be deleted.

Regards,
Admin
Candles
Register
You are currently viewing these forums as a Guest. To access all forums, please log in. If you are not currently a Member, please register.

"REGISTER"
Navigation
 Home
 Blog
 Portal
 Profile
 FAQ
 Search
April 2018
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Calendar Calendar

Free counters!
RSS feeds


Yahoo! 
MSN 
AOL 
Netvibes 
Bloglines 


Find Madeleine Widget
Social bookmarking

Social bookmarking digg  Social bookmarking delicious  Social bookmarking reddit  Social bookmarking stumbleupon  Social bookmarking slashdot  Social bookmarking yahoo  Social bookmarking google  Social bookmarking blogmarks  Social bookmarking live      

Bookmark and share the address of Find Madeleine on your social bookmarking website


KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Page 3 of 3 Previous  1, 2, 3

Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:32 am

MLive

12 January 2012

'Baby Kate' kidnapping trial rescheduled; no plea talks, defense says

The trial of Sean Michael Phillips, accused of kidnapping his still-missing infant daughter "Baby Kate" in Ludington, has been rescheduled for Feb. 22.

The jury trial earlier was adjourned from Jan. 17.


http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/01/baby_kate_kidnapping_trial_res.html

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  AngelT610 on Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:10 pm

Sadly, Sean Phillips' trial has been postponed again. I just pray and hope this little angel is safe & happy with a family who loves Kate the way she deserves. <3 Baby Kate.
~Angel~

AngelT610

Number of posts : 1
Birthday : 1977-09-27
Age : 40
Humor : sarcastic/dry
Registration date : 2012-02-16

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Tezza on Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:30 am

Thank you Angel for the update and welcome to our forum!

Please do update this thread with any forthcoming news.
Please feel free to introduce yourself at the 'Introduce Yourself' section of our forum.

_________________
Together We CAN Make A Difference!
avatar
Tezza
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 5956
Birthday : 1971-04-23
Age : 46
Registration date : 2008-08-07

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:12 am

Ludington Daily News

1 March 2012

Trial for Sean Phillips set for April 16-27 in Baby Kate case

Sean Phillips’ trial — on charges he kidnapped his still-missing daughter, Kate — is now scheduled for April 16 through April 27 in 51st Circuit Court.

He is charged with kidnapping his daughter, Katherine “Kate” Phillips, June 29, 2011.

Kate was 4 months old at the time and has not been seen since that day.

Sean Phillips’ trial was originally scheduled to begin Jan. 17 — but on Jan. 6 it was postponed and later rescheduled for Feb. 22. Then on Feb. 14 it was postponed again.

The postponements occurred after an appeal was filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals. That file is still partially or fully sealed, so the grounds for the appeal are not known.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/64061-trial-for-sean-phillips-set-for-april-16-27-in-baby-kate-case

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:28 am

Ludington Daily News

17 April 2012

Trial begins for Sean Phillips

http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/64866-trial-begins-for-sean-phillips?newsgroup_id=

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:39 am

Ludington Daily news

18 April 2012

Mother on stand
Concedes she lied about DHS visit, prosecutor wants focus on baby Kate

Sean Phillips’ defense attorney Annette Smedley mapped out her strategy during her opening statement to his jury Tuesday when she said, “You’ll have to keep Ariel’s lies straight to get to the truth,” about the prosecution’s witness.
The baby’s mother, Ariel Courtland, has testified that she last saw still-missing baby Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips in Phillips’ car before Kate went missing about 1 p.m. June 29, 2011.

Ariel, age 20, spent several hours on the witness stand Tuesday.

Sean Phillips, 22, is Kate’s father and he is charged with secretly confining Kate. Sean faces up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty of that crime.

Police have testified that Sean said Ariel had Kate the last time he saw the missing baby and Ariel has testified that she left Kate in Sean’s car for a few minutes and came back to find the car, Sean and Kate were gone.

During cross examination Tuesday, Ariel admitted that she had lied previously under oath about visiting a Department of Human Services office in Grand Rapids — twice — to potentially file paperwork to put Kate up for adoption.

They were arguing on the day of Kate’s disappearance about whether to put Kate up for adoption, Ariel testified.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/64910-mother-on-stand

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:42 am

Ludington Daily News

20 April 2012

Note found in Phillips' jail clothing

Testimony Friday ended about 3:45 p.m. in the case of the disappearance of Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, also known as Baby Kate. Sean Phillips faces charges of secret imprisonment in the case.

Corrections officer John Long testified that he found a note in Sean Phillips' jail clothing following a shower on July 11, 2011. The note is being displayed on the courtroom video monitors for the jury. The note states:

"I gave her to a guy, along with a list of families that are adopting (addresses) He was to take her to one and they would report that the baby was left on their doorstep but that they wish to keep it. Go on parentprofiles.com and get contact info for families in the region. Hopefully the profile is still up. If not then I can get contact info I have when I get out."

The web site bills itself as the No. 1 site for adoptive families. A check of profiles in the Midwest region Friday afternoon revealed 44 families seeking to adopt.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/64987-update-note-found-in-phillips-jail-clothing?newsgroup_id=

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:44 am

Ludington Daily News

19 April 2012

Witnesses set the scene

The jury in Sean Phillips’ trial heard Wednesday from a witness who saw Phillips and Ariel Courtland arguing outside the Birch Lake Apartments on the day their baby daughter — Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips — disappeared.

They also heard from a witness the baby’s mother sought help from to call 911.

Kate has not been seen since that day, June 29, 2011.

Sean Phillips, 22, is Kate’s father and he was arrested June 29 and is charged with secretly confining Kate. Sean faces up to 15 years in prison if he is found guilty of that crime.

The baby’s mother, Ariel Courtland, has testified she last saw her baby in Phillips’ car on the day Kate went missing.

Police have testified that on the day he was arrested and Kate disappeared, Sean told them Ariel had the baby. Police have said the evidence pointed to Sean and that Ariel is not a suspect.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/64988-witnesses-set-the-scene


_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:47 am

Ludington Daily News

21 April 2012

Letter found in Phillips' pocket introduced as evidence

A hand-printed note found in Sean Phillips’ jail shirt states “I gave her to a guy, along with a list of families that are adopting… I can find info I have when I get out.”
Phillips, 22, is on trial charged with unlawful imprisonment of his daughter, Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, who was 4 months old when she disappeared June 29, 2011.

The note was found in a shirt he took off and put in basket at the jail before showering on Monday, July 11.

His visitation days are Sundays and Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland, 20, has testified that she visited Sean almost every Sunday for a long time.

The note was the last piece of evidence Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola presented Friday afternoon — the fifth day of Sean’s trial — so there has not yet been any testimony about who wrote it and how it got in Sean’s pocket.

The trial is to continue Monday morning.

What was written

The note, on lined, yellow notebook paper, states in full:

“I gave her to a guy, along with a list of families that are adopting (addresses).

“He was to take her to one and they would report that the baby was left on their doorstep but that they wish to keep it.

“Go on ParentProfiles.com and get contact info for families in the region. Hopefully the profile is still up.

“If not, then I can find contact info I have when I get out.”


How it was discovered

Mason County Sheriff’s Office part-time corrections officer John Long testified Friday afternoon that he escorted Sean to a shower he requested July 11.

Long said he found the note in the pocket of Sean’s dirty jail shirt that he had removed before the shower.

“He said, ‘I forgot something in my shirt pocket and I need it back,’” Long testified about that day. He said he told Sean he would get the item and return it to Sean.

When he discovered the yellow piece of paper in the shirt, Long said he opened it to make sure it did not contain contraband and began to read it before deciding to take it to MCSO Det. Michael Kenney.

Long also noted that jail laundry is done on-site by inmates.

On Friday, Long identified a prosecution item of evidence as the piece of paper he retrieved from Sean’s jail shirt. He said the shirt was the only one in the basket and that Sean had thrown his in the basket before showering.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/64996-letter-found-in-phillips-pocket-introduced-as-evidence

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:53 am

Ludington Daily News

24 April 2012

Jurors hear Sean's interview with detective

Another day of trial is to begin at 9:30 today as there are many more witnesses still to take the stand.

Jurors were able to see and hear Sean Phillips talk about events occurring before his baby daughter Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips disappeared June 29, 2011.

Sean, 22, of Victory Township is charged with unlawful imprisonment for Kate’s disappearance and on Monday his jury watched a video of his interview with Mason County Sheriff’s Office Det. Sgt. Tom Posma.

At one point during the interview, Sean said he drove Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland, 20, back to her apartment at Birch Lake. Once there he said she got out of the car and walked away, not to her apartment door but to a different door.

That’s when he drove away, Sean told Posma. He did not say then where Kate was at the time.

At another point, he said Ariel took Kate with her when he dropped her off for the last time that day.

During still another point in the interview, Posma asked Sean when was the last time he saw Kate.

“It was probably around 2 (p.m.) when I finally left from (Ariel’s) apartment,” he said, adding the last place he saw her was in the car seat and he said “Ariel took her,” saying the child was in the car seat when Ariel took her into her apartment building.

Police discovered the car seat in Sean’s car trunk on his parents’ property on Millerton Road about three hours after Kate was reported missing. They also found Kate’s diaper bag — containing Ariel’s wallet — in Sean’s trunk and found the clothing Kate was wearing that day balled up inside-out in Sean’s pocket.

They did not find Kate.


Sean’s interview

Before showing the video of part of Sean’s interview from June 29, Posma said he thinks Sean was placed in an interview room at the Mason County Sheriff’s Office about 5:15-5:30 p.m. that day, or about four hours after Ariel called 911 to report Kate’s disappearance.

Before beginning the interview, Posma asked Sean if he wanted more water or wanted chewing tobacco and he moved a trash can near Sean for his spit.

Posma asked Sean where he worked and learned Sean was in the Army National Guard and was expecting to be depoyed overseas in August. Posma then talked briefly about his own experience in the Army and National Guard.

Sean said he and Ariel dated briefly years ago and said Ariel, then 15, “intentionally got pregnant” with their now-4-year-old daughter, Haley. He also spoke about difficulties and arguments they have had concerning custody issues over Haley.

He also said Ariel claimed that Kate was also his daughter, but said he was not sure of that and that he saw something on Facebook about there being other possible fathers.

Sean said he was notified by mail that Ariel was accusing him of being Kate’s father, so he was going to have a paternity test.

“It’s not impossible, but I find it hard to believe …” Sean said June 29 about being Kate’s father.

Subsequent DNA testing proved he is Kate’s father.

Sean had his DNA swab sample taken about noon on June 29 and said Ariel had called him in the morning asking him to come to her apartment for some paperwork involving Haley and school. He said they argued for about an hour after he got to her home and that there was no school paperwork for him to fill out.

He started to leave, Sean told Posma, then Ariel started putting Kate in the car. He said she expected him to drive her to the Department of Human Services building to put Kate up for adoption.

She tried to get him to stop by Memorial Medical Center, Sean said, and then got out of the car at the DHS office. He said something about her leaving the car seat and diaper bag in his car planning to get them back later, but he did not want to drive back to town later just for that reason.

He said she then got back in the car and he drove her to the hospital, but said she didn’t get out of the car. Sean said he then drove her back to her apartment and she got out and walked off and did not go to her apartment door but to a different door.

That’s when he left, Sean told Posma, and remembered he was hungry so he stopped at Wendy’s. A receipt from Wendy’s found near his car at his parents’ property had a time stamp of 1:17 p.m. June 29.

In answering Posma’s questions that day, Sean said Ariel took Kate the last time he dropped her off at her apartment.

At that point, Posma told Sean the reason police asked him in for questioning was that Kate was missing and they didn’t know where she was.

“My number one concern right here is about Katherine,” Posma said.

Posma then read Sean his Miranda rights, including the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present during questioning. Sean signed the paper stating he’d been read those rights.

He asked Sean if he knew where Kate was and Sean at first answered that Ariel has played games in the past and may have placed her with a friend.

Posma asked Sean directly if he knew where Kate was a couple more times before Sean said, “No, I do not.”

In answer to another question about her location Sean said he last saw her when he left Ariel’s apartment complex and said the last place he saw her was in the car seat. He also said Ariel took Kate.

Posma then told Sean what he thought happened, saying when Sean left the apartment complex he left with Kate.

“She’s somewhere and you know where she’s at,” he told Sean, mentioning that somehow the clothes she was wearing in the morning got in his pocket and her car seat and diaper bag ended up in his trunk.

“You drove out of that parking lot with Katherine in your car. You know where she is,” Posma said.

“Where is Katherine?” he asked.

There was no answer, and then the video stopped.


About the interview

Posma told the jury he is also trained to spot nonverbal communication during interviews, including crossing arms to indicate a person is unhappy.

http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/65025-jurors-hear-seans-interview-with-detective?newsgroup_id=

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:09 am

Ludington Daily News

25 April 2012

Phillips trial day 7: Jury hears from Sean's parents, MSU experts

Sean Phillips’ parents, Larry and Kim Phillips, both testified in Sean’s trial Tuesday, saying they’ve never met his baby daughter, Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, and that Sean didn’t have Kate when they saw him June 29, 2011, the date Kate disappeared.

They also testified about the dynamics between their son and Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland, 20, who has testified that she last saw Kate in her car seat on the backseat of Sean’s car. The Phillipses both told about the events of June 29 from their perspective.

Sean, 22, is on trial for unlawful imprisonment for Kate’s disappearance and Tuesday marked the trial’s seventh day, including jury selection on day one.

Kate was 4 months old when she disappeared 10 months ago.

Also on Tuesday, jurors heard testimony about the soil and vegetation found on a pair of Sean’s shoes and about telephone calls to and from Sean’s and Ariel’s phones.

Sean’s dad testifies

It was an emotional day in court as Larry testified, talking about the missing baby he’d never met and about conversations he’d had with his son, at one point in testimony even being asked about his brother’s funeral.

He held back tears and in some cases wiped away tears while on the stand.

Larry said Sean had denied being Kate’s father before June 28 and had told him there may have been several other guys who could possibly have been the father.

On June 28, however, after receiving an order to provide a DNA swab sample for a paternity case, Sean “told me then … there was a good chance he was the father,” Larry testified.

Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola then asked Larry if he had ever told Sean he would kick him out of the family home if he was Kate’s father.

“No,” Larry testified.

“I told him that I loved him,” he testified later about what he did after learning there was a good possibility his son had fathered a second child with Ariel. “I told him we’d cross that bridge when we came to it.”

During a time in the testimony when it seemed particularly painful to answer questions, Spaniola said, “My heart goes out to you.”

Larry testified about the difficulty of learning the baby was missing and other information he said he learned from police.

During much of his time on the witness stand, Larry was asked about the relationship between Sean and Ariel and the frequent arguments they had over custody and visitation issues involving their 4-year-old daughter, Haley.

Their repeated complaints about each other to police had even inured Larry to having police come to his Millerton Road home during arguments between Sean and Ariel about Haley.

“We got used to it; I guess it is unsettling,” he said about those police visits.

Larry was so used to it, he said, he did not even immediately leave the house when police arrived outside to question Sean about Kate’s whereabouts on June 29. When he did go outside, Sean was already in handcuffs — soon to be taken in for questioning and eventually arrested after police found Kate’s car seat and diaper bag in the trunk of Sean’s car and the clothing she wore that day in Sean’s shorts pocket.

Sean was 17 and Ariel was 15 when Haley was born, Larry testified, adding that both Haley and Ariel were wards of the court at first. Larry and Kim then received guardianship of Haley for a time and eventually Sean and Ariel received joint custody.

Most of Sean and Ariel’s arguments, he said, were over parenting time disputes, with Ariel calling Sean or Kim Phillips sometimes 50 times a day.

“I’d say we got used to it … it was hard on Haley,” Larry said about those fights.

Spaniola asked about the relationship between Ariel and the Phillips family.

Larry said she wasn’t invited to dinners at the home, “but if she pulled up the drive we wouldn’t call police.”

And when Spaniola said the family would not invite Ariel in for “Coke and cookies,” Larry teared up again and said it went back to something that happened during the day of his brother’s memorial service in June of 2008.

Judge Richard Cooper sent the jury from the room while Larry told the story of that day and then allowed Larry to tell an abridged version of the story — that Ariel had stolen money from Phillips’ family members that day — when the jury returned.


Sean’s mom testifies

Kim testified that Sean had denied he was Kate’s father and said she had never met the baby, only seeing photos of her in the media after Kate was reported missing.

She also testified she had told Sean during Ariel’s pregnancy with Kate the baby had better not be his, recalling the drama she said occurred with Ariel in the parenting time issues Sean had over Haley, but said she would have accepted the baby and loved her like she loves Haley. She said she would not have kicked her son out of their home.

Kim did not know how much time Sean was spending with Ariel again, at her apartment and with Ariel’s family at her mother’s home.

She knew Sean had to take a paternity test, Kim said, but did not know it was scheduled for June 29. She thought he had gone to Ludington for a meeting with the Friend of the Court regarding an issue with Ariel over Haley.

It was her day off, Kim testified, and she was home when Ariel began making a series of phone calls there asking where Sean and Kate were. The police also called and she tried to contact Sean, too, Kim said, but the calls went straight to voice mail.

Ludington police officer Tony Kuster came to the house about 2:35 p.m., looking for Sean and Kate.

Kim said Sean returned home about 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. or maybe a little later.

“Did Sean have Katherine?” Spaniola asked.

“Of course not,” Kim responded.

She testified she confronted Sean at the door and demanded to know where Kate was. He said he didn’t have her, Kim testified, adding that she looked in his car and saw Haley’s car seat — where it always stayed — but did not see Kate or anything suspicious.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/65035-phillips-trial-day-7-jury-hears-from-seans-parents-msu-experts?newsgroup_id=

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Fri Apr 27, 2012 9:12 am

Ludington Daily News

26 April 2012

Phillips' trial Day 8: Police account for Ariel's whereabouts, not Sean’s ‎

Police can account for almost every moment of Ariel Courtland’s movements on the day baby Kate went missing, Mason County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mike Kenney told the jury Wednesday on day eight of the Sean Phillips’ trial over missing baby Kate.
They cannot, however, account for more than an hour of Sean’s time after the baby was reported missing, he said.

That’s what Prosecutor Paul Spaniola was showing the jury through testimony by Kenney, who created a time line based primarily on cell phone records including location data, surveillance video and witness statements.

It was eight days into the trial, including jury selection, seven from when opening arguments began.

The day was a way to tie the testimony and evidence — nearly 80 pieces so far — together.

Spaniola showed jurors not only the timeline but also re-enactments of incidents covered through the testimony they’ve heard, including the events of 1:07 to 1:14 p.m. June 29, 2011 — the time when missing child Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips was reportedly in Sean’s car between Memorial Medical Center and the apartment complex where she lived with her mother, Ariel Courtland.

Sean is charged with unlawful imprisonment for Kate’s disappearance and he faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/65074-day-8-police-account-for-ariels-whereabouts-not-seans

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:57 am

Ludington Daily News

27 April 2012

Awaiting a verdict in Sean Phillips' missing baby Kate trial

The jury in the Sean Phillips’ trial began deliberations in the case of missing baby Kate Thursday evening, breaking at 7:30 p.m. and returning at 8 this morning.

Deliberations were put on hold just before 10 a.m. today when a juror let the judge know she was having an issue with high blood pressure and could not reach her doctor. The doctor was being paged at Memorial Medical Center. The juror said she wants to stay on the jury if possible. If not, one of the two alternates will be called back to service.

The jury is to decide if Phillips, 22, is guilty or not guilty of unlawful imprisonment of his child, four and a half months old when she was reported missing, June 29.

Deliberations are done in private. Once a decision is reached, the jury will return to the open courtroom to state the decision.

Where’s “Baby Kate?”

After eight days of witnesses, testimony and evidence in Sean Phillips’ trial for alleged unlawful imprisonment of his then-4-month-old daughter, Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, both the prosecutor and defense attorney asked the same question in their summations Thursday.

“Where’s Kate? She’s the victim in this case. We haven’t seen her and nobody knows where she is,” Mason County prosecutor Paul Spaniola said.

“The question is, where is Kate? We don’t know,” said defense attorney Annette Smedley.

Kate’s mother, Ariel Courtland, 20, said she last saw her baby in an infant car seat in the back seat of Sean Phillips’ car shortly after 1 p.m. June 29, 2011.

Phillips, 22, who was proven to be Kate’s father by a paternity test, told police that day that Ariel had Kate.

Deliberations begin

The jury — which now has 12 members after two were chosen by lottery to go home — began deliberations at 6 p.m. Thursday.

They must start those deliberations with the belief that Phillips, 22, is innocent and then weigh the evidence to determine if he is guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charge is unlawful imprisonment and Circuit Court Judge Richard I. Cooper instructed the jury that it must decide if the prosecution has met the burden of proof by proving all the elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

The elements of unlawful imprisonment are: He or she knowingly restrains another person under one or more conditions that include the restrained person was secretly confined. Secretly confined is defined by law as keeping the confinement of the restrained person a secret or keeping the location of the restrained person a secret.


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/65093-awaiting-a-verdict-in-sean-phillips-missing-baby-kate-trial

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:59 am

Ludington Daily News

28 April 2012

Sean Phillips verdict in 5.5 hours

After listening to about 50 hours of testimony over eight days and deliberating for about five and a half hours, the jury in Sean Phillips’ unlawful imprisonment trial came back with a verdict shortly after noon Friday.

Guilty.

Defense attorney Annette Smedley asked the court to poll the individual jurors and the result was the same. All 12 jurors said “guilty.”

Sean stood still at the defendant’s table in 51st Circuit Court with a slight flush in his cheeks while the verdict was read and he looked down at the table.

He now faces up to 15 years in prison on the charge and is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday, June 5.

The crime

Sean, 22, was convicted of unlawful imprisonment in connection with the June 29, 2011 disappearance of his then-4-month-old daughter Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips.

Kate’s whereabouts are still a mystery today.

Witnesses testified Sean had claimed Kate was not his child until the day prior to her disappearance when a court document arrived at his home about establishing paternity. On June 29 he gave his portion of a DNA sample. Kate and Ariel Courtland, the baby’s mother, were to have their DNA swabs as well, but instead of stopping at the hospital, jurors watched on


http://www.ludingtondailynews.com/news/65109-sean-phillips-verdict-in-55-hours

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Tue May 08, 2012 8:18 pm

MLIVE

30 April 2012

Ariel Courtland's grandma: Baby Kate verdict was just

Ariel Courtland, mother of the missing Baby Kate, looked solemn but didn’t break down after jurors delivered a guilty verdict against the baby’s father, Sean Michael Phillips.

Courtland, 20, declined to comment after a jury found Sean Michael Phillips guilty of unlawful imprisonment.

So did other members of her immediate family, except her maternal grandmother, Linda Carlson.

Carlson is the great-grandmother of Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, the 4 ˝-month-old infant who went missing June 29, 2011. Authorities say Phillips abducted her. The baby has not been seen since that day.

“I’m happy. I think justice (was done),” Carlson said to reporters outside the Mason County Courthouse following Friday’s verdict.

“It was hard all along, because we found out things we didn’t know,” she said of the trial.

Carlson expressed sympathy for Phillips’ family. “I feel so bad for the family,” she said. “They’re a nice family.”

Authorities believe Sean Phillips abducted the baby shortly after 1 p.m. June 29, 2011, from Courtland outside Courtland's apartment.

Jurors deliberated about 5 ˝ hours Thursday and Friday before finding Phillips guilty of unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony.


http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/04/ariel_courtlands_grandma_belie.html

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:48 am

M-LIVE

5 June 2012

Baby Kate sentencing: Sean Phillips gets 10 to 15 years in prison

Sean Michael Phillips has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for the unlawful imprisonment of his infant daughter Baby Kate.

It's the maximum possible by law and far above the state sentencing guidelines.

Mason County 51st Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper pronounced that sentence Tuesday afternoon in Ludington.

A Mason County jury April 27 found Phillips, 22, of Victory Township guilty of unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance of Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, then 4 1/2 months old, on June 29, 2011.


http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/06/baby_kate_sentencing_sean_phil.html

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Twiglet on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:54 am

M-LIVE

5 June 2012

Baby Kate case now a homicide investigation, say police, prosecutors in Ludington

The Baby Kate investigation is transitioning to a homicide case, police and prosecutors said after Sean Michael Phillips, the missing baby’s father, got the longest possible sentence for unlawful imprisonment allowed by law: 10 to 15 years in prison.

“Is she possibly dead? She possibly is,” Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola said after Tuesday afternoon’s sentencing.

Area police officials were more blunt.

In a joint written statement, Ludington Police Chief Mark A. Barnett, Mason County Sheriff Jeff Fiers and First Lt. Kevin Leavitt of the Michigan State Police Hart Post predicted that “additional charges” against Phillips will be issued.

Spaniola in a press conference declined to predict how long that might take, if it ever happens.

"Investigators are convinced that one individual, Sean Michael Phillips, knows the location of Katherine's body," the police statement said.

The police statement rebutted other theories that have been presented about what happened to Baby Kate – Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, who disappeared June 29, 2011, at the age of 4 ˝ months and has not been seen since.

“Speculation during the first 10 months of the investigation that ‘Baby Kate’ was given to someone else is not supported by the evidence,” the police statement said.

“Previous speculation as to the involvement of the mother, Ariel Courtland, in the disappearance of Katherine Phillips is also not supported by the evidence,” the police said. “Extensive investigation into Ms. Courtland has been conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies. It has been concluded by investigators, and through judicial proceedings, that she did not have the time, means, or motive necessary, or that she has any knowledge of Baby Kate’s whereabouts.”

Spaniola said there have been no new developments in the search for Baby Kate since Phillips’ jury conviction April 27.

He did say tiny seeds that were found in Phillips’ tennis shoes have been germinated in hopes of determining what plants they are, thereby possibly narrowing down the search areas for the baby’s remains, if she is dead.

At the sentencing, Mason County 51st Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper radically exceeded state sentencing guidelines by imposing the 10-year minimum. State guidelines calculated by probation agents called for a minimum of no more than about three years in prison.

The 15-year maximum is set by law. A prison parole board will eventually decide whether Phillips serves 10 years, 15 or something in between, assuming his conviction and sentencing survive his appeals.


http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/06/baby_kate_case_now_a_homicide.html

_________________

WAITING, HOPING, PRAYING
avatar
Twiglet
Admin
Admin

Number of posts : 20941
Registration date : 2008-08-11

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  pam supportfromireland on Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:33 pm

The stir.com

12 September 2012

Mom of Missing 'Baby Kate' Plans to Marry Her Daughter's Suspected Killer

http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/143353/mom_of_missing_baby_kate

* definitely worth a read to why.

_________________
Lilypie Pregnancy tickers

avatar
pam supportfromireland
Forum Moderator (Missing)
Forum Moderator (Missing)

Number of posts : 6734
Registration date : 2008-08-08

Back to top Go down

default Re: KATHERINE SHELBIE ELIZABETH PHILLIPS 4 months - Ludington, Michigan (USA) - 29/06/11

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 3 of 3 Previous  1, 2, 3

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum