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The Baby Kate Story

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The trial of Sean Phillips, the father of missing baby Katherine Phillips started this week. The Ludington baby has not been seen since her disappearance in June of last year.

Here is an outline of the Baby Kate Case.

June 29: Katherine is last seen at her mother's Ludington apartment complex around 1:00 PM that afternoon. Sean Phillips, the baby's father is arrested at his parents home near Millerton and US-31 in Scottville that afternoon. An Amber Alert is issued later that night.

June 30: Sean Phillips is charged with kidnapping the girl. Police say he will not tell them what happened with the baby. Hundreds of volunteers continue their search for any clues.

July 1: Searches for the missing baby continue, police work to piece together Sean Phillips' whereabouts between 1 PM and 4 PM on June 29th.

July 2: Police say they have found the outfit Kate was last seen wearing, they will not disclose the location it was found. During a conversation between Katherine's mom and Sean Phillips he tells her that the baby is still alive.

July 12: The search for Kate continues, a reward is offered for information leading to the baby.

Aug 3: Sean Phillips pleads not guilty in his first court appearance. Phillips tells the courtroom he didn't take Kate.

Aug 26: Sean Phillips' lawyer requests Kidnapping charges against Phillips to be dropped, she says that because Sean is Baby Kate's father he cannot be convicted of kidnapping.

Sept 10: A candlelight vigil is held for Kate in Ludington.

Sept 14: Judge drops kidnapping charge against Phillips, saying that because DNA tests prove he is Kate's father he cannot be convicted of kidnapping.

Sept 20: Phillips faces new charges in the case of his missing daughter, including parental kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

Oct 12: Court records show Phillips turns down a plea deal for charges in the case. His attorney tells the court her client maintains his innocence.

Dec 2: An anonymous donor from out of state donates $5,000 to A reward fund to help find Katherine.

Jan 5: Trial for Phillips was set to begin on January 17, is postponed until further notice.

Jan 13: Prosecutor announces trial will being on February 22.

Feb 15: Trial postponed

Mar 1: New trial date announced, April 16.

Apr 4: Parental kidnapping charge against Phillips dropped. Trial set to begin on April 16 Phillips faces charge of secret confinement.

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