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Baby Kate's Father Charged With Open Murder

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LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - Prosecutors say they are filing a murder charge against the father of a western Michigan infant missing since 2011.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette and Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola say Friday that 23-year-old Sean Phillips faces one count of open murder. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

Phillips was convicted of unlawful imprisonment last year in the disappearance of Katherine Phillips. She was four and a half months old when last seen in the Ludington area, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Prosecutors say Sean Phillips took the baby from her mother because he feared a court-ordered paternity test would show he was the father.

He received a sentence of 10 to 15 years in prison and is appealing.

Investigators have said seeds and other material on Phillips' shoes could be crucial to locating a body.

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