On Friday, Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the joint filing of murder charges against Sean Phillips, father of Katherine Phillips, the Mason County infant missing for two-years and known as "Baby Kate" in the media. Sean Phillips, 23, of Scotville has been charged with one count of open murder.

The criminal charges come after a multi-jurisdictional investigation by local, state and federal authorities. Schuette, and Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola, were joined at the announcement of charges by the Ludington Police Chief, Mason County Sheriff and Michigan State Police.

Schuette said "my job as Attorney General is to serve as a voice for the victims, no matter who you are or where you live. The filing of this open murder charge moves us one step closer to securing justice for Baby Kate." Schuette went on to thank those that assisted with the investigation.

Phillips was previously convicted of unlawful imprisonment of his daughter who went missing on June 29, 2011. He is serving 10-15 years in prison. Phillips has appealed that conviction and his appeal remains pending before the Michigan Court of Appeals.