Mother of missing ‘baby Kate’ arrested for alleged assault

Posted at 7:25 PM, Nov 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-17 19:25:51-05

LUDINGTON, Mich. — The mother of missing “baby Kate” was arrested for assault on Thursday.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole confirmed that Ariel Courtland, 24, was arrested after leaving the scene of an alleged assault. Cole also confirms the alleged  assault involved a man in Pere Marquette Township. The man apparently had been drinking and was also arrested for violating his terms of the bail agreement for alcohol consumption.

Katherine Phillips was four months old when she disappeared in Mason County in June of 2011.  Her body was never found, but her father,  Sean Phillips is serving a 10- to 15-year sentence for unlawful imprisonment in connection with the child’s disappearance.  The Michigan Court of Appeals later decided that Sean Phillips should stand trial in the death of baby Kate.

Cole also said Courtland  was arraigned on a charge of assault and battery. She was  later released on a personal recognizance bond.