Investigate the handling of the Katherine Phillips case
  • Petitioned Bill Schuette / Attorney General of Michigan State

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Bill Schuette / Attorney General of Michigan State

Investigate the handling of the Katherine Phillips case

    1. Petition by

      Erin Carte

      Swanton, OH

Katherine Shelbie-Elizabeth Phillips was 4 months old when she was last seen in Ludington, MI on June 29, 2011. Kate's mother, Ariel Courtland, reported that Kate's father, Sean Phillips, drove off with the infant after a fight between Ariel and Sean. Within hours, the Ludington Police Department arrested Sean Phillips on the charge of felony Kidnapping. Once paternity was proven to the court, the charges were reduced to the less serious Parental Kidnapping. While Sean Phillps remains detained and awaits trial, he has maintained his innocence and reports Kate's mother, Ariel Courtland, was the last one to see Kate. With much speculation and uncertainty about Kate's disappearance, we are asking for more from the Ludington Police Department. While one suspect is detained and awaiting trial, a baby is STILL missing -- nearly 4 months later! It is time for a more thorough investigation than the Ludington Police Department wants to provide.

Provided below is a list of the Ludington Police Department's failures regarding this case:
-- LPD has stopped looking for Kate: They have not continued searches and will not allow other agencies and trained professionals to donate their time to the search for missing baby Kate.
-- LPD has stopped investigating Kate's disappearance: They have not conducted interviews or followed-up on important leads. When tips are submitted, phone calls and e-mails are not returned.
-- LPD is not considering all possible options: They will not consider the possibility of additonal suspects, such as the mother, friends/extended family members, or strangers.
-- LPD is not keeping Kate's story in the media: They do not provide press releases, nor do they ask the public for information and/or assistance.

Overall, it appears that the Ludington Police Department is more interested in obtaining a conviction than finding a missing child. Even if Sean Phillips is found guilty of his pending kidnapping-related charges, Kate is still missing. What happened to baby Kate?

Please sign this petition to show your support for a more thorough investigation into the disappearance of missing baby Kate. Your signature will be sent to Bill Schuette, the Attorney General of Michigan, with a formal request to investigate the faults of the Ludington Police Department. This formal request will also include a request for more experienced and committed law enforcement professionals, such as the Michigan State Police and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigations, to assit with this investigation.

Thank you in advance for your time and support. Should you have any questions regarding this petition, please contact: CrusadingForKate@gmail.com

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Petition for Baby Kate Continues

      Erin Carte
      Petition Organizer

      MOM News has been covering a new angle in the Missing Baby Kate case lately. By now many local residents and out of state citizens are aware of the online petition that is circulating, trying to obtain signatures and be sent to Attorney General Bill Schuette. MOM News asked Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola his thoughts on the petition and the current situation.

      His response is as follows:

      "Speaking not only for myself but for the detectives and officers who have spent thousands of man-hours on this case since its inception, we share the frustration of the petitioner and her supporters that Katherine Phillips remains missing. On a daily basis, this case continues to be investigated thoroughly, zealously, and vigorously pursue all leads regarding Baby Kate's whereabouts. We, too, would like nothing more than to have Baby Kate found as soon as possible. ....click the link for more....

    3. Petition Continues to Grow

      Erin Carte
      Petition Organizer

      MOM News brought you a story yesterday about a circulating online petition that is addressed to State Attorney General Bill Schuette. The petition was created by desperate citizens who feel as though the job performed by Ludington Police was not adequate enough in the search efforts for baby Kate. The petition is asking for the State Attorney General to intervene and take control of the investigation using state resources. Those who created and support the petition believe that this alternative would help bring baby Kate home and spread awareness of her case.

      At the time this story was written today, there were 418 signatures on the petition, more than double the signatures from 24 hours ago.

      As the petition continues to grow so do the cries for answers, justice, and information from those that demand baby Kate be found. The only question that remains, will Bill Schuette hear the cries?

    4. Baby Kate Investigation Petition

      Erin Carte
      Petition Organizer

      The story of Missing Baby Kate has been ongoing for 4 months. Multiple court dates for her accused kidnapper Sean Phillips have come and gone and very little new information on the case has been revealed. That could change however when Sean Phillips' trial begins, a date has yet to be set.

      Even with all the court dates, the fact that an infant is still missing remains. That is why a desperate group of citizens are looking to a higher power to help find Baby Kate. A petition drive is being circulated to ask state Attorney General Bill Schuette to intervene and take over the investigation which would be led by state resources.

      You can read the petition by visiting change.org. Search for "Baby Kate" in the petition search box to find the letter addressed to the Attorney General. The petition says it needs 200 signatures to be sent and at the time this story was written, there were already 135.

      ....click the link for more....

    5. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Find the Missing FLORIDA, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      I STILL NEED HELP with our effort to find the missing by adapting existing N.A.S.A. AND U.S. Military Satellite Picture taking capapbilies.

      We need to take more drastic measures than Passing laws IF you really want to Find ALL the m issing quickly and stop these crimes see the petition to get this done http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-please-sign-to-help-find-missing-children-women-and-men-quickly-reduce-other-crime-using-existing-nasa-technology THEN Share it on Face Book and tweet it too

      We can save victims and Spare millions of families the pain of dealing with a missing loved one in the future IS THAT enough of an incentive for you to educate yourself about our effort ?

      Congressman Stephen Lynch's D MA - Neice went missing and he did not even bother to our request to help adapt existing N.A.S.A. and Military Technology to find the Missing Quickly

      Bill Tomsick

      Find the Missing on Face Book

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      • almost 3 years ago

      We need to take more drastic measures than Passing laws IF you really want to Find ALL the m issing quickly and stop these crimes see the petition to get this done http://www.change.org/petitions/petition-please-sign-to-help-find-missing-children-women-and-men-quickly-reduce-other-crime-using-existing-nasa-technology THEN Share it on Face Book and tweet it too

      We can save victims and Spare millions of families the pain of dealing with a missing loved one in the future IS THAT enough of an incentive for you to educate yourself about our effort ?

      Congressman Stephen Lynch's D MA - Neice went missing and he did not even bother to our request to help adapt existing N.A.S.A. and Military Technology to find the Missing Quickly

      Bill Tomsick

      Find the Missing on Face Book

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • bethany schultz MANISTEE, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Justice for baby Kate.. How dare ANYONE harm an innocent little baby girl, and the nerve of the police department to just give up.. Unacceptable.. it's their job and you know the situation would be different if it were a child of theirs.. This whole thing is just wrong..

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    • Sabrina Bigelow THREE RIVERS, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      To give hope that this little girl is found safe and sound.

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    • Amber Acre MIDLAND, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      This beautiful little girl needs justice. She needs to be found, and brought back to people who TRULY love her.

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