Baby Kate Phillips-jury deliberating

Baby Kate- jurors deliberate

LUDINGTON, MI – Jurors in the Baby Kate case began deliberating around 6 p.m. to decide the fate of Sean Michael Phillips.

Phillips, 22, of Mason County’s Victory Township is charged with unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony, in the alleged abduction of his 4 ½-month-old daughter, Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips.

She has not been seen since just after 1 p.m. June 29, 2011, when Phillips allegedly took her from her mother, Ariel Courtland, outside Courtland’s Ludington apartment complex.

Mason County 51st Circuit Judge Richard I. Cooper gave jurors until 7:30 p.m. to deliberate, unless they reach a verdict sooner. At that time, he will poll them to see if they want to continue, go out to dinner or come back in the morning.

In closing arguments late Thursday afternoon, Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and defense attorney Annette Smedley of Muskegon summed up their cases to jurors.

Spaniola called Phillips’ alleged actions – whatever he did with the baby – a “crime of opportunity” spurred by his being forced by a court order to take a paternity test at noon that day. He said Phillips feared the reaction of his parents, with whom he lived, and to whom he repeatedly denied being the baby’s father.

Read more here at source and read a replay of live twitters from courtroom

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5 Responses to Baby Kate Phillips-jury deliberating

  1. Amber from Maryland says:

    Hi Snoopy

    I really hope that someone can find out what happened to Baby Kate. Is she living or is she dead? The prospect of spending 15 years in jail is pretty unnerving. Maybe Sean Phillips will give the police some useful information in return for a shorter sentence. I think most parents would rather hear that they had another illegitimate grandchild than hear that their child killed the grandchild to spare them the knowledge that the grandchild existed.

  2. Amber~~ Sean’s lawyer is going to appeal the verdict. Sean had Baby Kate’s outfit in his pants pocket when the police first went to him and he got physically sick to his stomach when he was first questioned. This points to him harming that child.

    Read the following that just came in my mail…

    Baby Kate trial: Sean Phillips jail note says ‘I gave her to a guy,’ mom’s witness-stand walkout

    LUDINGTON, MI – Friday was a dramatic day in the Baby Kate trial, marked by a bombshell jail note by defendant Sean Michael Phillips implying he gave the baby away and an emotional witness-stand walkout by the missing baby’s mom.

    Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola introduced the note mid-afternoon, displaying it on large-screen monitors in the courtroom.

    This was the text of the note, found July 11, 2011, in a shirt pocket of Phillips’ jail uniform:

    “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 Parent and get contact info for families in the region.

    “Hopefully the profile is still up.

    Read more here…

  3. Amber from Maryland says:

    Hi Snoopy

    I think you are right. The evidence does point to him harming Baby Kate. That was an interesting article. If Sean Phillips had given the baby to someone, it would have made sense for him to give out the identity of the person rather than sit in jail. It is just a shame that children are victimized and can’t do anything about it. Why didn’t Sean’s parents try to get the truth out of him? I guess that is like asking why didn’t George and Cindy try to get the truth out of Casey.

  4. Amber~~here is more…

    This is very interesting….

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

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