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Sean Phillips' appeal in 'Baby Kate' murder case denied

A three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals has denied an appeal from Sean Phillips in the murder case of Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips. Baby Kate was last seen on June 29th, 2011. Phillips was convicted of Baby Kate's death in 2016. (upnorthlive.com photo)

MASON COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An appeal filed by the man convicted in the "Baby Kate" murder case has been denied.

A three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Sean Phillips' appeal Tuesday.

Phillips was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his four-month-old daughter, Katherine "Baby Kate" Phillips, in October of 2016.

Baby Kate was last seen on June 29th, 2011. Her mother Ariel Courtland claims Kate's father Sean Phillips was the last person to have Baby Kate.

In April 2012, Phillips was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment in connection with Baby Kate's disappearance.

Phillips submitted the claim for appeal on the second-degree murder conviction on December 22, 2016. This was Phillips' fourth appeal.

In late June of 2015, Massachusetts police say they recovered a toddler's body in late June.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said detectives from his office were in contact with detectives out east about a possible connection between the toddler's body and "Baby Kate."

In July 2015, DNA results confirmed there was no connection in the body of a toddler found in Massachusetts and the unsolved mystery of Mason County's Baby Kate.

Phillips was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison on the unlawful imprisonment charge.

Phillips was also sentenced to 19 to 45 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge.

Baby Kate's body has never been found.

Sean Phillips' earliest release date from prison is October 2, 2032.

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