Ludington, Mich. – On Friday, the mother of missing infant Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, or Baby Kate, spoke out saying she was sure her daughter would return the day after she went missing.
A month has passed and no new leads have surfaced regarding the baby’s whereabouts, according to authorities.
“I just want Kate home with me,” Courtland told WOODTV. “I had plans for her future.”
On June 29, Courtland called police saying the child’s presumed father, Sean Phillips drove off with the baby in tow. He had taken a DNA test to determine Baby Kate’s paternity and she was going to take the girl for DNA testing as well.
Courtland, 19, claimed during the 911 call that Phillips, 21, did not want Baby Kate to be tested, as he did not want to pay child support for another child. The couple has a 3 ½-year-old daughter together as well.
To see more photos of Baby Kate, click here.
Phillips was arrested at his mother’s home about 3 hours after Courtland called police and is being held on $500,000. He has been uncooperative with authorities.
“I thought they’d find Kate like that day or the next day, definitely not being a month later and still haven’t found any leads, pretty much nothing,” said Courtland. “They’re still pretty much in the same spot they have been.”
The outfit Baby Kate was wearing when she disappeared has been found, however, her whereabouts remain unknown.
Courtland also told WOODTV that she doesn’t understand why people have been “negative” towards her. She said people that don’t even know her are being “mean” and “hateful.”
“How could you possibly think I had something to do with my daughter’s disappearance?” she noted.
To hear Courtland’s 911 call reporting Baby Kate’s alleged abduction, click here.
The local news outlet asked Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett whether he believes Courtland knows more than she is letting on.
“I think what we have right now is one person charged and that’s Sean Michael Phillips,” said Barnett. “He’s been charged with the information we’ve received and that’s really all I’d say about that.”
To see a video report, click here.
Phillips is due in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing regarding a kidnapping charge in connection with Baby Kate’s disappearance.
A reward fund for Baby Kate is currently accepting donations and is being administered by Silent Observer and the Ludington/Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce. Those wanting to make a donation to the fund are asked to send a check or money order payable to the chamber, with “Baby Katherine Reward Fund” on the memo line. The chamber of commerce’s address is 5300 West U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 49431.
Anyone with information regarding the Baby Kate case is urged to call Mason-Oceana 911 at 231-869-5858. Anonymous tips can be left with Silent Observer at 888-STOPCRIME or 888-786-7274. Tips can also be left anonymously on the Web at www.LSOTIP.com or by texting LSOTIP with a tip to 274637.
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