The Trail of Baby Kate


The Trail of Baby Kate

A group whose main purpose is to publicly coordinate facts and investigatory records about Baby Kate (Kathryn Phillips), an infant missing since June 29, 2011, and analyze that information so that the public can help in this investigation.  The Trail of Baby Kate will also be pushing for all investigatory records of the Baby Kate case to be made public.  The investigatory agencies have been silent long enough-- let's get on the Trail to find Baby Kate  

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Latest Activity: Jun 30, 2019

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Officially Eight Years Old: Baby Kate Missing

Started by XLFD. Last reply by Willy Jun 30, 2019. 1 Reply

Early in the afternoon of June 29, 2011, Ludington's Katherine Phillips (aka Baby Kate) was reported missing by her mother, Ariel Courtland.  The four month old girl would never be seen again.  …Continue

Sean Phillips Loses Appeal of Murder Charge in Michigan Supreme Court

Started by XLFD Nov 2, 2018. 0 Replies

It looks like Baby Kate's father will have at least 14 more years in prison without any more days in court.  The grounds of his appeal to reverse the decision had four prongs:  1) That Det. Posma's…Continue

Seven Years Missing: Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, aka Baby Kate

Started by XLFD Jun 29, 2018. 0 Replies

Baby Kate was just four months old on June 29, 2011 when she disappeared off the face of the earth, with only two people having seen her that day, her mother, Ariel Courtland, and father, Sean…Continue

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Comment by wildfire on December 15, 2014 at 11:41am

Well I don't believe Sean did this like I said before, i think some  one is trying to frame him 1. because their is no body, for proof. 2. what would be his reason for killing his own kid, he took care of his kid and made sure the kid was clean, clean diapers on, washed the baby up, (where was the mother all these times). 3.Why was it so important to the mother to get read of the kid? (I'd BE PUTTING HER ON THE STAND MORE),It sounds like to me the mother wasn't much of a mother she wasn't their often enough to take care of her own, and look at her now shes running around with a NEW GUY in her life that shes had for awhile, what's up with that? Something just doesn't make since and I think Sean is in prison for another persons doings!!!!

Comment by XLFD on September 15, 2014 at 9:32am

 On July 31st, Judge Peter Wadel said he would be giving us a decision within two weeks on whether to allow a murder trial in circuit court for Sean Phillips.  Whether it was two actual weeks or two business weeks, that time period would be up at the end of August 13.  It is now September 15, 33 days after that self-imposed deadline.  'Thumb's up' or 'thumb's down', not 'thumbs up your butt', Peter.

Comment by XLFD on July 30, 2014 at 10:26pm

The preliminary hearing for Sean Phillips continues tomorrow at 9 AM in Judge Peter Wadel's District Court.  The Ludington Torch will be there to get the latest firsthand.

Comment by XLFD on June 29, 2014 at 11:25pm

Unfortunately, a rather involved weekend had me not able to get in front of the computer to commemorate properly the three year anniversary of the disappearance of Baby Kate.  That doesn't mean we have given up on looking out for her here, and maintain our commitment to finding the truth leading to the trail of this missing baby. 

Unlike our local authorities, we still have the hope of finding her alive and well, barring any credible evidence to the contrary.

Comment by XLFD on June 27, 2014 at 1:27am

 Sean Phillips — who is serving 10-15 years in prison for unlawfully imprisoning his then 4-month-old daughter Katherine “Kate” Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips in June 2011 — lost his Michigan Supreme Court appeal of his sentence.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Phillips’ leave to appeal was denied “because we are not persuaded that the questions presented should be reviewed by this court.”

By failing to review Phillips’ appeal, the Supreme Court upheld the Michigan Court of Appeals’ Dec. 17, 2013 ruling that the appeal should be denied.

That ensures that Phillips will serve at least 10 years in prison — or until June 2021 at the earliest.

Comment by XLFD on May 12, 2014 at 12:20pm

The 79th District Court preliminary examination of Sean Michael Phillips will resume July 31 at 9 a.m. at the Mason County Courthouse.

Comment by XLFD on May 29, 2013 at 10:38am

Interesting goings-on since yesterday's announcement.  WOOD TV's Leon Hendrix, who covered the Baby Kate trial and other coverage impressively, was apparently told there was no grand jury proceedings happening, and WMOM's news was shortly thereafter went down late yesterday afternoon. 

Today, the other local news radio station West MI News 98 reports on Facebook and on air:  "It looks like the murder investigation into Katherine Phillips' death is heating up. Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola has summoned several people involved in the "Baby Kate" case, and had them testify before a grand jury at the courthouse. No formal murder charge has yet been filed against the baby's father, Sean Phillips, who's serving time for unlawful imprisonment of the infant. Police plan to conduct a large search for Baby Kate at the end of June."

Let's remember:  public officials have the right to keep a grand jury proceeding secret, however, putting erroneous information out to the public is not part of their official duties and should be dealt with harshly if this has occurred. 

Comment by XLFD on May 28, 2013 at 10:00am

One could believe that this procedure is happening today, if the info is accurate.

Comment by XLFD on May 28, 2013 at 9:59am

WMOM reports this morning that there is to be a grand jury proceeding dealing with the Baby Kate disappearance very soon, perhaps to decide whether there is enough evidence as to whether to go after Sean Phillips for murder.  This earlier phone message conveyed the impression that the jury's motive was to do just that (sender's name has been redacted).

Comment by XLFD on May 22, 2013 at 12:13pm

In the next few weeks, I will be posting some of the transcripts of the trial of Sean Phillips, and welcome any additional commentary on the subject at hand for that in the proper thread.  The first entry is from the second week of the trial, testimony about what information Sean's cell phone gave us. 


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