Michigan man appeals reinstatement of murder charge in 2011 disappearance of infant daughter

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LUDINGTON, Michigan — A Michigan man who authorities say killed his missing infant daughter is appealing a judge's decision to order a murder trial in the case.

Sean Phillips' lawyer filed the request Tuesday.

The update comes after Mason County Circuit Judge Richard Cooper on Friday reversed the September dismissal of the charge against Sean Phillips by District Judge Peter Wadel. State and county prosecutors had sought the reinstatement.

Katherine Phillips disappeared in 2011 in the Ludington area, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

Phillips already is serving 10 to 15 years in prison for unlawful imprisonment in the disappearance of the girl widely known as "Baby Kate."

Her body remains missing. Wadel has said there isn't enough evidence she's dead.

Cooper says Wadel "probably had an intelligent take" on the case but "reluctantly" agreed with prosecutors that state law allows them to pursue charges.

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