Michigan Baby's Disappearance Still A Mystery

5-Month-Old Last Seen In June On West Side Of State

LUDINGTON, Mich. - A court hearing didn't offer answers about the whereabouts of a 5-month-old girl who has been missing since late June in western Michigan.

Sean Phillips was in a Ludington courtroom on Wednesday for a preliminary examination in the disappearance of Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips, who last was seen in June 29. A judge ruled there was enough evidence for him to stand trial on a kidnapping charge.

The case now moves to Circuit Court in Mason County.

Defense lawyer Annette Smedley asked for lower bond, but the request was denied. The 21-year-old Phillips remains jailed.

Katherine lived with her mother, Ariel Courtland, at an apartment in Ludington, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Phillips is believed to be the child's father.

Extensive searches haven't turned up the girl.

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