Mission: Find baby Kate
Sean Michael Phillips, the 21-year-old Scottville man accused of kidnapping the infant, was not there when the baby was born.
Sean and Ariel have an older daughter, 3-and-a-half-year-old Haley, together.
“He’s always been a wonderful dad to her,” Kate’s maternal grandmother April Lange said of Sean’s involvement with Haley.
Ariel said Sean is the father of Kate, too.
The paternity has not been established by law.
He is not listed on the baby’s birth certificate and has not had any custody of the child, according to Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniola.
The baby’s DNA was to be taken Wednesday
, Nelson and Lange both have told the Daily News separately, agreeing Ariel has told them she and Sean were fighting about the paternity test issue when he left with the child
Without the baby, the paternity cannot be established
, Spaniola said.
Sean had wanted the baby put up for adoption
, Nelson said, but Ariel didn’t.
According to Ariel, Sean, Ariel and Kate were in Sean’s car, a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, near Ariel’s apartment when Ariel went inside to get a stroller.
“I got out of the car for about 2 minutes to get Kate’s stroller and they were gone,” she said. “ I didn’t see them pull away,”
“I have not brought Haley to see him because I want answers from him before he gets anything from me,” Ariel said. “He won’t talk about Kate. Now he just wants to talk in general.”
“Sean is a great dad. We have our disagreements on parenting like any other parent does, but for the most part it’s pretty much the same. He loves our girls and has always been a good person. That’s why it’s so hard to believe he did such a horrible thing and to our own daughter at that,” she said. “It baffles me what he did and I will never understand why he did. I have no idea at this point where Kate is and all my ideas are running slim now.”