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Prosecutor: Katherine Phillips' father to be charged with her murder

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  • UPDATE (12:45 pm)- Sean Phillips will face one count of open murder in the death of his daughter, Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips.

    Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, along with Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola, made the announcement at a news conference in Ludington Friday afternoon. Schuette says new evidence was discovered to support the murder charge in the case.

    "Victims of crime should never be forgotten and today we're not forgetting Baby Kate," Schuette added.

    Sean Phillips is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge Friday afternoon. The case will be jointly prosecuted by the attorney general's office and the Mason County prosecutor.

    Spaniola asked for the attorney general's help about a year ago in this case. The prosecutors did not talk about the specific evidence that lead to this charge.

    Baby Kate's mother Ariel Courtland attended the news conference. 

    UPDATE (11:30 a.m. Friday)-- Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola confirms that Katherine Phillips' biological father, Sean Phillips, will be charged with open murder in connection to his daughter's death.

    UPDATE (10:45 a.m. Friday)-- The news conference has now been moved to 12:30 pm.

    (WZZM) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola, and representatives from law enforcement will hold a press conference Friday announcing what they are calling an "important update" in the Katherine Phillips, also known as 'Baby Kate' case.

    The announcement will be made at 11:45 a.m. at Ludington City Council Chambers.

    Katherine Phillips was last seen on June 29, 2011.  Her biological father, Sean Phillips was arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment.  He was convicted in April of 2012 and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.

    In June of 2013, a botanical search was held in the woods near where Baby Kate may have last been, based on dirt and seeds found on Sean Phillips when he was arrested.

    We'll have more details when they become available.

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